updated 5/25/2011 3:50:17 PM ET 2011-05-25T19:50:17

ADVISORY, May 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

       
Who/What:  The Ensemble Theatre concludes its 2010-2011 season with 'Blues in the
  Night,' a musical production by Sheldon Epps, Directed and Choreographed
  by Patdro Harris, and Musical Director Carlton Leake.
       
  This array of twenty-six Blues songs tells the story of three women's
  relationships with one snake of a guy. The interweaving stories are defined
  through music alone, featuring artists ranging from Bessie Smith through
  Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer/Harold Arlen, Alberta Hunter, Jimmy Cox, Ida
  Cox and more, the evening's music is raunchily forthright, infectiously good-
  humoured and always classically blues. Songs include "When A Woman
  Loves A Man," "Wasted Life Blues," "Lover Man," "Wild Women Don't Have
  The Blues," and the gripping, compelling title song that spotlights the essence
  of blues music, "Blues in the Night."
       
When: Previews: Saturday, June 18, 2011: 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday, June 19, 2011: 3:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011: 7:30 p.m.
       
  Show Run: June 23 – July 24, 2011
    Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
    Fridays:  8:00 p.m.
    Saturdays:  2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
    Sundays:  3:00 p.m.
       
****Opening Night and Media Reception is Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 6:30 p.m****
       
For subscription information, ticket sales or group sales, call the box office at (713) 520-0055 
       
Where: The Ensemble Theatre    
  3535 Main St.    
  Houston, TX 77002    
  713-520-0055    
  www.ensemblehouston.com    

The Ensemble Theatre's 2010-2011 Season is sponsored in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and Texas Commission on the Arts. United Airlines is the exclusive airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre. This production is generously underwritten by Wells Fargo, Fulbright & Jaworski, National Oilwell Varco, and CenterPoint Energy.

The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and to enlighten, entertain, and enrich a diverse community. Thirty-four years later, the theatre has evolved from a touring company operating from the trunk of Mr. Hawkins' car to being one of Houston's finest historical cultural institutions. The Ensemble is one of a few professional theatres in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience. The oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, it holds the distinction of being one of the nation's largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. Board President Emeritus Audrey Lawson led the capital campaign for The Ensemble's $4.5 million building renovations that concluded in 1997. The Ensemble Theatre has fulfilled and surpassed the vision of its founder and continues to expand and create innovative programs to bring African American theatre to a myriad of audiences.

CONTACT: Robert Ross
         (713) 807-4306
         rross@ensemblehouston.com

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