16 June-13 August 2005. The late, great Ray Charles was a musical innovator, fusing gospel and blues while making a major contribution to the birth of soul music. Born in the American South, raised on a diet of blues, country and gospel, Charles managed create a style of his own from these distinct forms of traditional, rural American music blending them with the contemporary sounds and rhythms of jazz and big band. The Genius of Ray Charles is a musical celebration of the singer and pianists life and music. The musical is a US production featuring the original American cast of singers, dancers and musicians performing the great mans biggest hits like 'Hit The Road Jack', 'Georgia On My Mind', and 'Unchain My Heart'. Tickets cost from 15.00 to 42.50. Tue to Sat at 20.00, (and Thu, Sat and Sun at 15.00).
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The Genius of Ray Charles.
Haymarket Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London W1. The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus. Tel. +44-8701451163 (box office).