The opening of "An Evening With Nina" this weekend represents a kind of do-over for the Shadow Theatre Company.
The biography of the jazz chanteuse is the theater's second attempt at telling Simone's story. Earlier this year, the Shadow pulled the plug on "Simply Simone" immediately after opening night. Board members and Shadow staff cited confusion with legal contracts and rights related to the play’s script and soundtrack as the motive behind the sudden cancellation.
In assembling a replacement, Shadow staff drew on native talent. "An Evening With Nina" will feature a soundtrack developed and directed by Shadow board member and DaJazz Records head Michael Hancock. Stephanie Hancock, an accomplished soul singer and Shadow veteran, will play the lead role, after appearing in the Afterthought Theatre Company's production of "For Colored Girls Who Have Committed Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf" at the Shadow earlier this year.
The show will open this weekend and will run until Dec. 12. Tickets start at $25. For more information, call 720-857-8000 or visit www.shadowtheatre.com.