Otis and Elvis celebrates the black songwriter behind rock and roll greats

Otis and Elvis celebrates the black songwriter behind rock and roll greats
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Historians say the true story of early rock and roll is still being told, and one of its biggest legends is the focus of a play at the New McCree Theatre.

Presentations of Otis and Elvis, an original play written by New McCree founder Charles H. Winfrey, will continue through Feb. 23. The story of the songwriter who helped make stars of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dee Clark and others reveals one of popular music’s unsung heroes, observing Black History Month.

Otis Blackwell penned such classic hits as Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel” and “All Shook Up,” Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire,” and Jimmy Jones’ “Handy Man.”

Otis and Elvis recounts the talented writer’s behind-the-scenes journey into rock’s upper echelon of entertainment, using his gift for lyrics.

Performances are at 7 p.m. each day of the scheduled show. For more information, call the New McCree Theatre at (810) 787-2200.

 

 

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