Blues Tune! On-Air Review of ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

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CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on November 26th, 2020, reviewing the new Netflix film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” now in theaters and coming to Netflix on December 18th.

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is an adaptation of a play by August Wilson, part of his ten play “Pittsburgh” cycle, which expresses the history of the black experience in 20th Century America. Ma Rainey (Viola Davis) was a real-life blues singer, and in the story she’s coming to Chicago in 1927 to record her latest blues record for a white-owned record label. It centers on this session, and the musicians that are playing for her, including the energetic horn player Levee (Chadwick Boseman, in the last role before his death).

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Patrick McDonald of reviews “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” during the Morning Mess Thanksgiving show with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM, Monroe, Wisconsin, November 26th, 2020, …

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is in theaters now, and premieres on Netflix December 18th, 2020. Check local listings for theaters and show times. Featuring Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo and Taylour Paige. Screenplay adapted by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Directed by George C. Wolfe. Rated “R” senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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