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'Blues Brothers Revue' Bringing Soul, Humor to Hatfield Hall Theater

February 6, 2014

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On A Mission: Wayne Catania plays Joliet Jake Blues and Kieron Lafferty is Elwood Blues in The Official Blues Brothers Revue, coming to the Hatfield Hall Theater as part of Rose-Hulman’s Performing Arts Series.

Rose-Hulman’s Hatfield Hall brings a little bit of Sweet Home Chicago to the stage with The Official Blues Brothers Revue on Friday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Produced by Dan Aykroyd, Judith Belushi, and original Blues Brothers musical director Paul Shaffer, The Official Blues Brothers Revue is “on a mission from God” to take audiences though a rollicking program of soul, gospel, blues, and humor. Based on the popular 1980 “The Blues Brothers” motion picture, the revue pays homage to Chicago’s rich musical heritage and the legendary comedic talents of John Belushi and Akroyd.

The live show incorporates comedy and music from the film with selections from the five albums released by John Belushi and Aykroyd, performed by Joliet Jake (Wayne Catania) and Elwood (Kieron Lafferty) Blues. These classics will include “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Rawhide,” and “Gimme Some Lovin.’”

Catania is musician, actor, and creative writer with a career spanning four decades. He has appeared in numerous feature films, television shows, and international advertising campaigns. His charismatic and animated physical style, as well as his uncanny resemblance to John Belushi, helped land him the opportunity to be cast as Jake Blues.

Lafferty is an actor, writer, and musician from Toronto. He started his career as a singer/songwriter known for soulful vocals and melodic harmonica lines. Lafferty has released two critically-acclaimed CDs. He has had roles in film, television, and stage productions, and written scores for several independent and documentary films. His performance as Elwood Blues in the Las Vegas show Legends in Concert helped Lafferty get this revue role.

At Rose-Hulman, Jake and Elwood will be backed by the eight-piece Intercontinental Rhythm & Blues Revue Band, including background vocalists Precious and Ebonie Taylor, relatives of the legendary Koko Taylor.

“This is such a fun show,” says Hatfield Hall Manager Bunny Nash. “It’s going to be a great evening of music with a lot of audience participation and good bit of comedy as well.”

Limited tickets remain for the show, being sponsored by Regional Hospital. Ticket prices are $23 to $27 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Hatfield Hall ticket desk, by calling 812-877-8544 or through Hatfield Hall.  Ticket desk hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and two hours before each event.

Complete season information, including artist video clips, is available through Hatfield Hall. Find exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and more on Hatfield Hall's facebook page.