The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in Leimert Park will be the site for the play I Wanna Be Loved (the story of Dinah Washington) on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 4 pm. Dinah Washington was a great jazz singer and probably is best remembered for her hit song What A Difference A Day Makes in 1959. She left us way too soon at the age of 39 in 1963. She and Brook Benton will be featured in the play. Washington and Benton had two top 10 Billboard duets in 1960 with Baby (You've Got What It Takes) and A Rockin' Good Way(To Mess Around and Fall in Love).
The person playing Brook Benton is singer/actor/journalist Jay Jackson. If you don't know who he is, you may have seen him on television on Parks and Recreation on NBC where he has a regular role. He has also appeared on The Closer, Dexter, The Mentalist, Scandal, Body of Proof and Revenge. He also has performed at Catalina Jazz Club, The Vino Jazz Festival, The Los Angeles Jazz Festival, NOLA's and the Hollywood Studio Bar and Grille. He has worked in television news and won an Emmy award.
Of course, Barbara Morrison has performed all over the world and has been featured on over 40 recordings, taught a music class at UCLA and is the founder and organizer of the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, located at 4305 Degnan Boulevard, Suite 101, in Los Angeles' Leimert Park. Tickets for the play are $40.00 and you may call 310-462-1439 or go to www.barbaramorrisonpac.com for reservations. It sounds like it will be a great show! If you get the opportunity, please go out and see it.