"The Great GOD-send moment that changed my life was meeting Oscar Brown, Jr. in August 1985! I studied with Oscar in his Hyde Park apartment in Fall '85 and Spring '86 hoping to be admitted to the Yale School of Drama. The hip audition we developed didn't work because it was misunderstood, which was often the case with Oscar and his work. He later said, 'What the hell, I didn't get a degree to do this, just live it, dig life, and it will come.' I returned home saddened, got a day job, and dreamed of this show for 21 years and now it is finally here - Morris Gearring
On February 10th @DUSABLE MUSEUM, Chicago will witness the music, poetry, and social commentary of OSCAR BROWN, JR. through the eyes of his friend and mentee, Morris Gearring. "Something Bout Oscar" showcases the personal insights and stories of Morris as he performs a series of Oscar's most famous songs with musical backing by the respected Calvin "Koco" Brunson and his band.
The production is directed by the highly respected Chuck Smith, an artistic director with the Goodman Theatre. Gearring will be joined on stage with the well-reknowned poet, Nikki Giovanni, and Maggie Brown, daughter of the legendary singer, who will perform "Lyric" and later duet on "The Last Hurrah".
For those not familiar, Oscar Brown, Jr. (1926-2005), he was a writer, poet, and commentator on life and Civil Rights. His unique music is a blend of soul, jazz, and musical theatre that deals with the joy, anger, love, frustration, and humor of black life. In "Something Bout Oscar", Gearring bridges the divide between the past and the NOW....his repertoire includes the highly popular "Mr. Kicks", "Signifyin Monkey", "Hazel Hips", and "The Snake" just to name a few.
Musical Director Calvin "Koco" Brunson worked with Oscar Brown, Jr. and is also a pianist and musical director for stage productions across the United States and Europe.
"Something Bout Oscar", DUSABLE MUSEUM, 740 East 56th Place, Chicago, IL. Two performances February 10th @10:30am & 8:00pm. VIP Reception: 6:00pm-7:30pm Admission is $100.00 for VIP Reception and Show. $7.00 for Students and Seniors. $30.00 for Show Only, $25.00 for Court Theatre and DuSable Members....For Tickets Please Call...773-947-0600 or you can Pay At The Door.