“Blues in the Night” is
a compilation revue, a tribute to the black performers and music of Harlem in
the 1920s and 30s. Loosely strung on a plot involving three women who have all
had a relationship with the same heel of a man, the dialogue-less show consists
of a series of classic numbers which fall into two categories: full-on blues,
mostly written and performed originally by Bessie Smith, and torch songs,
anthems of female masochism, several of which share the distinction of being
covered by the great Billie Holiday...