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ABOUT THE SHOW

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Bricktop: Legend of the Jazz Age is the funny, spirited and moving story of the life of Ada Smith, known best as “Bricktop.” Told in two-acts and featuring songs from Ragtime to Cole Porter to jazz, the play traces the joys and sorrows of her life from rural Appalachia through her years in vaudeville to her time as the Queen of café society in Jazz Age Paris and beyond. As only the second black female entertainer in Paris, her career as a cabaret performer and club owner took her around the world, made her the companion of European royalty and a favorite of writers and musicians such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Elliott, John Steinbeck, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Jelly Roll Morton and many others.  Told by one actress accompanied by a jazz combo, her remarkable story is also a picture of music and race relations in the 20th Century.

"

Our guests can’t stop raving

about this show! The Reviewers

called it

A Baptism
of
JOY! "

Lynn Felder

Winston-Salem Journal

 

"

I was able to take strangers from all parts of the world and all classes and make a Party!"

Ada
BRICKTOP
SMITH

I was FASCINATED

by the story of “Bricktop,” about the entertainer who rose to great success in a racially welcoming Paris before and after the Depression!"

Jay Handelman

Herald Tribune

"

I was FASCINATED

by the story of “Bricktop,” about the entertainer who rose to great success in a racially welcoming Paris before and after the Depression!"

Jay Handelman

Herald Tribune

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