Big Mama Thornton's work began in the 1940's and spanned over four decades, yet she never gained the notoriety nor the wealth that she truly deserved for her gallant effort. She was the first to have a hit with the song, Hound Dog, later eclipsed by Elvis Presleys recording of the same tune. In a similar occurrence Thornton wrote and recorded and had a hit with Ball and Chain" that was also a huge hit for Janis Joplin.
Howlin Blues and Dirty Dogs was written by the Theatre Perception Consortium - Larry James Robinson, Carla DuPree Clark and TuNook. Barbara Morrison's band The Bu Crew - Charles Small (guitar), Ronald Bishop (piano), Richard Taylor (bass) and Peter Buck (drums) provide the live musical accompaniment during the play and serve as Musical Directors. The production is directed by Carla DuPree Clark that includes: Lou Beatty as vaudevillian Sammy Green, Larney Dapper Johnson as singer Johnny Otis, and Phillip Bell as Johnny Ace. Robinson, Clark and TuNook were the producers and writers of the historical 1940s jazz musical North On South Central Ave that won Best Sound, Best Costumes, Best Ensemble and Best Director at the 2004 NAACP Theatre Awards.
The Stella Adler Theatre is located at 6773 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. Parking is located at the Kodak Center for $2.00. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased through: barbaramorrison.com or at the theatre the day of the show. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster. For more information call (310) 462-1439.