Now, the iconic suits have arrived in Milan at the Barclays Teatro Nazionale for the reenactment accurately titled, The Blues Legend. Director Chiara Noschese, has reinvented the story of Jake and Elwood Blues for the stage running from September 15th – October 22nd, 2015. A tribute to the music, rhythm and blues journey of the Blues Brothers all with contagious Italian enthusiasm and style.
Accompanied by timeless songs from artists such as: Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, James Brown, Percy Sledge and many more, interpreted by the best voices of the Italian musical scene. Among the protagonists are the extraordinary actors of The Blues Legend who previously performed in Sister Act, Best of Musical and Ghost at Barclays Teatro Nazionale.
I’m originally from Chicago. So any reenactment of the Blues Brothers is a must see. The film, shot in and around the Chicago land area is ingrained in our culture. The cult classic is hilarious, emotional, musical and a true interpretation of the current issues of the time.
The Blues Legend presented a performance from an ensemble of six women and six men. The musical numbers were all in English, while the dialogue was in Italian. Songs, which opened the show, were, “Think” by Aretha Franklin, “Sweet Home Chicago”, “Soul Man”, “Hit the road Jack” and many more.
Regarding the progression of the performance, it had an entirely different plot than the film. Yet, the director incorporated all of the classic songs and the same theme of “divine intervention”.
The performance was palpably focused on the love relationships of the 12 characters within each, rather than solely the brother’s journey, which was dissimilar from the film. The suits didn’t appear until the second half of the film, which showed a palpable difference from the film. The actors were accompanied by live music, with powerful trumpets, a smooth saxophone for the exuberance of blues to ultimately enhance the sense succulent experience.
Quite simply, it was a wonderful, energetic experience. Regarding the theme for September of Belonging, it fit impeccably with the idea of togetherness as well as community. It’s so refreshing to see the influence of blues and Chicago in Milan. Such is why Milan is a place to be. I wonder what Belushi and Aykroyd would think?