Weekends, March 24 – April 2, 2023
Twilight falls upon the streets of Paris. Evening traffic slows as flickering images of a bygone era dance along the facade of the hallowed shrine to France’s most honored dead.
Images of the American Creole Goddess who took Jazz Age Paris by storm with her jazzy voice, scanty costumes, and titillating burlesque bumps fade into photos of that same face above the WWII uniform of the Free French.
Filled only with three cups of soil from Missouri, France, and a small cemetery in Monaco, a flag-draped coffin is borne along four blocks of red-carpeted, cobblestoned streets to the massive doors of the Panthéon amid strains of “J’ai Deux Amours.”
New Orleans singer and entertainer Anaïs St. John brings her latest cabaret show to BB’s Stage Door Canteen. Through song and spoken word, Anaïs brings to life Josephine Baker’s extraordinary journey from humble beginnings in East St. Louis to the stages of Jazz Age Paris, to her wartime service in France and North Africa, and to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.
Josephine Baker: From Creole Goddess to Siren of the Resistance, created for and starring Anaïs St. John, was written by Denise Altobello with musical direction by Harry Mayronne.
7:00 p.m. Performance on March 24, 31 & April 1
2:00 p.m. Performance on March 25, 26 & April 2
Pricing: $45 / $42 Members