Dinah the diva

January 27, 2000|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Dinah Washington called herself "the Queen of the Blues," and her spirit will be holding court at Arena Stage in Washington beginning tomorrow in Oliver Goldstick's off-Broadway hit musical "Dinah Was."

Under the direction of David Petrarca, E. Faye Butler plays the late singer, who began as a gospel singer, was discovered by Lionel Hampton and went on to become the first black woman to headline in Las Vegas. The score includes such favorites as "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" and "Come Rain or Come Shine." Choreography is by George Faison, who directed and choreographed Center Stage's current production of "for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf."

Show times at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. S.W., Washington, are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays; 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and noon selected Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through March 26. Tickets are $32-$50. Call 202-488-3300.

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