Stormy - The Life of Lena Horne
Wednesday 16 Aug 2017 9:32pm
Part of Snape Proms
Actress and singer Camilla Beeput stars, and Olivier award winning actor/writer/ director Clarke Peters (Five Guys Named Moe, The Wire) directs the story of Lena Horne in a presentation that features a five-piece band of top-flight musicians providing thrilling musical evocations of her 60 years in show business. Born 100 years ago, Lena Horne was one of the most significant African-American figures in 20th century entertainment – dancer, movie star, activist, singer she was the first black actor to break the Hollywood stereotype. Stormy gives us the untold story behind Horne’s glamorous career from 1920s Harlem to the golden era of Hollywood through WWII to the Civil Rights movement.
“A bravura display – sometimes sexy, sometimes icily androgynous … sassy anecdotes and vignettes were wrapped around a clutch of energetic new songs co-written by the pianist and musical director Alex Webb … by the end of the evening a star had been reborn.” ★★★★ The Times
“an extraordinary one-women show … with Beeput’s script and music by Alex Webb, who was also on-stage with a five-piece band. There were electrifying moments as she evoked all of Horne’s loves, ghosts and demons and a rousing finale.” Jazzwise
“Beeput’s performance as Lena Horne (and everyone else) was stunning: she projected Lena’s glamour, beauty, vocal talent and personal struggles with great style … Beeput and Webb’s songs were strong and effective – the lyrics propelled the narrative just as effectively as Beeput’s script … Stormy: The Life Of Lena Horne deserves a long and successful life.”
A one-woman show starring and written by Camilla Beeput
Music & Lyrics by Camilla Beeput & Alex Webb
Additional writing by Maxwell Golden
Directed by Maxwell Golden
Clarke Peters Creative Director
Charlie Morgan Jones Lighting designer
Craig Turbyfield Choreography
A Copasetic and Lone Wolves Production
Please note that this production features strong language.