Cotuit Center for the Arts is transformed into a New York City jazz club for the East Coast premiere of “Love is Blind,” opening June 18. Emily Wade Adams, a Nauset High graduate now living in New York City, and producer Ruth Condon of Brave Horse Music bring music inspired by the late Amy Winehouse to life in this one-of-a-kind production.
Winehouse, who would have been 32 in September, died tragically four years ago, leaving behind a catalog of some of the best music of the last decade. From her solo hits to her duets with artists including Tony Bennett, her talent was unparalleled.
Her recordings span genres, covering everything from Jazz to Motown to Hip Hop. Her voice, which has been compared to Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, had a rich quality unexpected in someone so frail, so delicate.
"Love is Blind" features a combination of the standards that inspired Winehouse, a selection of her own compositions, and songs of contemporary artists she influenced. The music is the star of this show, featuring a world-class band and a collection of hits that will have you on your feet dancing by the night’s end.
Ms. Adams, formerly of the San Francisco swing band The Cosmo Alleycats, first debuted this show in San Francisco in 2012. Of Winehouse, she says, “There is so much depth to her music. You can listen to it over and over again and catch something new each time, whether in her clever lyrics, unique arrangements or unusual - and virtuosic - vocal choices. I admire her for bringing jazz to a new audience.”