Thursday, August 19, 2010

Lawdy Miss Clawdy - The Musical

Plans have been unveiled for a Broadway musical celebrating Lloyd Price and his great recording of Lawdy Miss Clawdy to be launched in 2011. Here's a link to the website
And here's a story from
New Orleans Plans Big Broadway Musical
'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' Is Story Of True Origin Of Rock And Roll
NEW ORLEANS -- Plans were unfolding Wednesday night for a new Broadway production in New Orleans.
"Lawdy Miss Clawdy -- The Musical" is the life story of local music legend Lloyd Price and the true origin of rock and roll. It was the sound created in the petri dish of funk and cultivated by legendary bandmaster and composer Dave Bartholomew. It was Bartholomew who discovered the incomparable Fats Domino. In 1952, Bartholomew and Domino collaborated on the sound for Price and "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," and the rest is history.
"'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' was the first million-selling record that ever was sold by a teenager, and that teenager was me, Lloyd Price, from Kenner, La., first kid to sell a million records," Price said. Now comes the musical, an entertainment piece to set the record straight about the origin of rock and roll.
"It's an educational piece, and it's going to be one of the greatest entertainment pieces," said Mike Shepperd, the director of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. "They can have the Jersey Boys; they can have Abba; they can have all this stuff. Now we're going to bring them Louisiana."
"Lawdy Miss Clawdy" has been recorded by 169 artists, among them Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley and Little Richard. What we're doing now today is to recreate this great music in terms of a musical, the 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' musical," Price said.
Casting for the musical in New Orleans is tentatively planned for February and March 2011.
The show is expected to debut at the Mahalia Jackson Theater around Thanksgiving 2011.


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