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Basin Street Blues


Sat 1 Aug 2015, 8:00pm
Sun 2 Aug 2015, 2:00pm
Wed 5 Aug 2015, 8:00pm
Fri 7 Aug 2015, 8:00pm
Sat 8 Aug 2015, 8:00pm

Where: Marloo Theatre, 20 Marloo Road, Darlington, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $25.00
  • Concession: $22.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: geo2660

Written by John Beaton
Directed by Aarne Neeme

Basin Street Blues is a sultry musical situated in a New Orleans “Sporting House” in 1917. In the house of the Rising Sun meet ragtime piano player, Tony, working girl, Pearl and her pimp Frank “Dude” Lewis. Tony wants to leave with Pearl tonight but “Dude”, a violent and greedy man, has other ideas. And what is Gus doing there – and Lotte?

Basin Street Blues – with music and dance – tells the drama of these and other characters, in the few days before the famous Storyville district in this melting-pot city was closed. And music in the world changed forever.

Eight accomplished musicians have been assembled to bring authenticity to this exciting production; their accompaniment will complement the actors’, dancers’ and singers’ expertise.

The name, Basin Street, comes from the turning basin of the Carondelet Canal formerly located on the street, where it now turns on to Orleans by the Municipal Auditorium. At one time it was one of the finest residential streets in the city and became a red light district around 1870. From 1897 through World War I, the back side of Basin Street was the front of the Storyville red light district, with a line of high end saloons and mansions devoted to prostitution.

Ragtime is a musical genre that enjoyed its peak popularity between 1895 and 1918. Its cardinal trait is its syncopated, or "ragged," rhythm. It began as dance music in the red-light districts of African American communities in St. Louis and New Orleans years before being published as popular sheet music for piano.

Bookings: or call Gwyne on 9255 1783