Thursday, February 21, 2013


Cleveland Play House
February 15-March 10, 2013
216-241-6000 or

Bob Abelman

This restaging of the original New York production gives "The Devil" its due.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's News-Herald article here.

Roy Berko

THE DEVIL’S MUSIC is a very entertaining evening of theatre, highlighted by the performance of Miche Braden, but is somewhat burdened by the format of the script.
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Fran Heller

It's as if the molecules start to move when legendary blues singer, Bessie Smith (an electrifying Miche Braden) saunters down the aisle of the mainstage Allen Theatre, making an entrance that is grand in every way.
When Braden belts the blues, heaven and earth collide.

To see a full review of this show, read Fran Heller's review at the Cleveland Jewish News


THE DEVIL’S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH is a naughty, indulgent evening of theatre that seamlessly harkens back to a by-gone era in American music.

To see a full review of this show, read Kory's blog here.

Andrea Simakis

There is a spectral synergy crackling between Miche Braden and the "hot and hungry mama" she embodies in "The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith," now at the Cleveland Play House. You can feel it in one of the show's most roof-raising numbers.

To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit here.

Art Thomas

The formidable talents of Miche Braden as Bessie Smith and the trio of instrumentalists heats up the Play House a third of the way through the show with "Blame It On the Blues." A clunky theatrical structure does give a lot of insight into Smith's troubled life but can't thoroughly develop any of the many fascinating storylines. 
Click here to read the complete review at WestLife