Before Elvis there was Big Mama Thornton, recording hit songs like Hound Dog and Ball & Chain, years before others made them famous. Canadian legend Jackie Richardson stars as Big Mama, whose rocky but joyful life came to an end too early. This soulful revue pays homage to this extraordinary blues singer: the godmother of rock and roll. With a vocal style not easy to imitate, only a few – like Janis Joplin – have been able to summon Thornton’s mix of raw power and deep emotion.

Cast & Artists

    • Jackie Richardson
    • Ron Casat
    • Andy Graffitti
    • Bill Johnson
    • Audrei-Kairen
    • Playwright
    • John Cooper
    • Director
    • Ron Casat
    • Musical Director
    • Carole Klemm
    • Set Designer
    • Martin Conboy
    • Lighting Designer
    • Karen Levis
    • Costume Designer

The Heart of the Matter

  • BIG MAMA! THE WILLIE MAE THORNTON STORY by Audrei-Kairen