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Barbara Morrison Stars as “Big Mama” Thornton in New Production

Legendary blues and jazz singer Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton was the first to record “Hound Dog,” which Elvis Presley later popularized, and she wrote and first recorded one of Janis Joplin’s biggest hits, “Ball and Chain.” Howlin’ Blues & Dirty Dogs, at the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif., presents her life story in the form of music, dancing, comedy and drama through Aug. 10. Barbara Morrison (pictured) stars.

The Theatre Perception Consortium wrote and produced the musical, which premiered on July 11.

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