Following its acclaimed premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Who Do You Love-the new film from four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks (Marvin’s Room)-will open in NYC April 9th in select theaters and with ImageNation in Harlem at the National Black Theater (2031 5th Ave. (between 125th & 126th Streets) for a 3-day run (April 9 – 11).
Tickets are $12 at the door and $10 in advance. Visit http://www.imagenation.us for more information or call (212) 340-1874.
The film, which presents an intimate look into the lives of Leonard and Phil Chess, legendary founders of Chess Records, stars Alessandro Nivola (Coco Avant Chanel, Junebug), David Oyelowo (Last King Of Scotland), Chi McBride (“Pushing Daisies,” “First Sunday”, “Boston Public”), Keb’ Mo’, Raheem DeVaughn and Ryan Shaw among others. The film features authentic musical performances and a score from Muddy Waters’ “Stuff You Gotta Watch,” Etta James’ “At Last,” and Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love.”
Who Do You Love tells the story of Leonard Chess, a Polish Jewish immigrant living in Chicago, who becomes enamored with the new blues sound emanating from the city in the mid-1940s. Chess and his brother Phil open a club called Macomba and gamble on producing “race records” with the help of bass player and songwriter Willie Dixon. After initial failure, they find tremendous success with the iconic bluesman Muddy Waters, and on the strength of his popularity, started Chess Records. Chess Records quickly grew into an influential label, launching the careers of Waters, Bo Diddley, Etta James, Chuck Berry, among others, and introducing the Blues to American audiences on a broader scale. According to Marshall Chess, “Who Do You Love is a great snapshot of the era in which the music that was to become the foundation of Rock & Roll was created…”