Nina simone at carnegie hall - Nina Simone in Liberia - Guernica

At the Montreux jazz festival, in 1990, Nina Simone sat at a white baby grand. Her hair was cornrowed into a bun, her cheeks brushed red; double drop earrings grazed her neckline. Leaning into the mic, she introduced the mostly white, transfixed crowd to a jaunty, go-go song: “Liberian Calypso.” “This is a song we learned from when we were in Liberia, for the three years we lived there; I guess most of you know about that,” she said. “In the middle of it I want you to sing with me: ‘ Run, Nina. ’” As the audience warmed up to the chorus, Simone slammed on the spruce, singing the story of that night at The Maze.

J ANTHONY CRANE ( Thénardier ) Broadway: The Country House, Sight Unseen, Butley and The Winslow Boy .  Off-Broadway/Regional: Cyrano (Theatre Works), Ragtime (Barrington Stage Co.) and Scar in The Lion King (First National Tour). Arena, Goodman, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, Pittsburgh CLO, Cleveland Playhouse, Paper Mill and others. TV/Film: “Chicago PD,” “Madam Secretary,” “Elementary,” “Ugly Betty,” “CSI” and USA’s “The Big Easy.” Northwestern University graduate. For Susan Ellen. /janthonycrane

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