We are thrilled to announce that Miss Kentucky, Clark Janell Davis, will be starring in our Kentucky Voices offering this year: Good Blues Tonight!
Clark was born and raised in Lexington. She was a drama major at the School for Performing Arts in Lexington from the 4th grade on. Her father is Johnathon Davis, who was a UK Wildcat from 1987-91. (Her older brother, Jackson, was a KY All-Star and now plays basketball for Butler.)
In September 2015, Clark was the youngest to ever compete in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. Her talent is singing (she has an amazing voice!), and her platform is promoting public awareness of dyslexia, a learning disability she has worked to overcome since childhood.
Clark is now a Political Science and a Vocal Performance major at UK, where she studies under famed music maestro, Everett McCorvey.
Good Blues Tonight (July 12-23) was written by our own Robby Henson, whose last show, The Wonder Team, was a huge hit here at the Playhouse. This new play is also set in Danville, this time during the 1950’s. It’s a spectacular celebration of Danville’s Second Street, where barbershops, pool halls, social clubs, and churches once anchored a vibrant African-American cultural life, and where legends like Etta James and James Brown actually performed.
Good Blues Tonight will feature live blues and gospel music – yes, you’ll be able to hear Clark sing right here on our stage! The play is a feel-good story of one community coming together to create a great big blues show in order to save a local landmark. The joint will definitely be jumpin’!
Along with the show, there will be an exhibit of photographs of Second Street in its hey day, as well as nightly talks with local historians, the playwright and Miss Kentucky herself! You won’t want to miss this Kentucky Original event!
Save the dates:
Lunch with the Arts at the Community Arts Center, June 15! Hear about the writing of the play from Robby, and maybe even get a preview of some songs! (More info: Communityartscenter.net)
Soul of Second Street Festival in Constitution Square, Danville, on August 13! (More info: downtowndanville.com)