There's nobody like Nina Simone. She only had one top 40 hit, but the classically trained, jook joint tested author of "Mississippi Goddam," was a musical force, and a civil rights icon. This week The Hattiloo opens Simply Simone, a review that uses multiple performers to explore various stages of Simone's life and career. To whet your appetite, here's an extensive concert clip of Simone performing in Holland, 1965.
Just a little further east Theatre Memphis celebrates the music of Cole Porter with the shipboard musical Anything Goes. Which means you'll want to spin this 1962 Broadway cast recording a couple of times. It's the tops.