Ready for Her Cue: An Interview with Soul Legend Valerie Simpson

12 March 2018, the Ambassador Theatre in New York. It's intermission at Chicago: The Musical . Only 45 minutes earlier, Valerie Simpson stopped the show singing Matron "Mama" Morton's solo number "When You're Good to Mama". Two audience members in row F are discussing Act I. "The woman who plays Mama is absolutely funny as hell," says one of them, an elderly lady. "It seems like a lot people know her." It's the understatement of the night.

If the woman in row F didn't...


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