Music Randy Klein

Book & Lyrics Joan Ross Sorkin





Black Swan Blues is a new blues-infused musical that explores white privilege and racial injustice in New Orleans in 1963. Inspired by the ballet, “Swan Lake” and set amid the world of voodoo, the musical tells the story of Shep Chandler, a rich, idealistic journalist who meets Ori Fontaine, a strong-willed blues singer, and how their love is challenged when secrets from their tangled pasts involving race, murder and the Ku Klux Klan are revealed.

Production HistorY



  1. York Theatre Company's Developmental Reading Series, Staged Reading (Pearl Studios, NYC, 2022).
  2. The cast included: Justin Sargent, Isabelle McCalla, Karen Mason, Aurelia Williams, Gregory Treco, Matt Dengler, Nick Cearley, Gabrielle Lee, Marlaina Powell, Angela Wildflower, Amber Ardolino, Bruce Sabath, Kwame Michael Remy, John Edwards, Amar Atkins, and A.J. Freeman.
  3. Directed by Stephanie Klemons and Rickey Tripp
  4. Music direction by Ben Covello
  6. Private Table Reading (NYC, 2021).
  7. The cast included: Eric William Morris, Debra Walton, Karen Mason, Jerry Dixon, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Soara-Joye Ross, Matt Dengler, John McGowen, Renea S. Brown, and LaDonna Burns.
  9. Music recorded at Eastside Sound (NYC, 2021).
  10. The cast included: Christian Hoff, Lilli Cooper, Aurelia Williams, Karen Mason, Jerry Dixon, Soara-Joye Ross, Kayla Davion, Carla R. Stewart, James Jackson, Jr., Kwame Michael Remy, Richard Baskin, Jr., Jillian Louis, Bruce Sabath, Celeste Rose, and Jonathan Long.
  12. New Works Festival, Music Theatre of Connecticut (Norwalk, CT, 2017/2019).
  13. The casts included: Miche Braden and Chris DeRosa/Christian Cardozo, Juliet Ewing-Kwan, Webb Bankemper and Paxton DeForest.