JOB's BLUES: A Blues Opera by Ross Muir
Music by Chris Michie and Andy Kulberg
(Act 1) Job, a successful solo blues guitarist and singer, comes to the High 'n' Mighty Club to perform with back-up from the club's house band. Unseen by anyone in the club are God and Satan, who enter into a cosmic bet for Job's soul. The club's three waitresses bring Job news of calamities involving his house, his record business and his sons, inflicted by Satan. But, to God's delight, Job does not lose faith. Then Satan inflicts disease on Job himself, but his faith remains strong although Job's wife encourages him to curse God and end his life. Again Job refuses, but begins to despair.
(Act 2) In three musical conversations, members of the house band try in different ways to convince Job he must have sinned to be in the state he's in, but Job refuses to admit any wrongdoing on his part. Finally, God shows himself to Job and vindicates him. God then turns his anger on the house band members for misrepresenting God. In the end, God restores Job's family and fortune.
Keywords: musical, blues, biblical drama
Produced by Grey Wellington Theatre Guild and the Grand River Blues Society, Harriston ON, 2012
Run time: 90 minutes
Cast size: 14 actors plus musician roles
Casting note: This is a true opera, in that the story is told entirely through song and one instrumental.
The cast includes four female vocalists (JOB's WIFE and THREE WAITRESSES) and three vocalists that could be either male or female (GOD, SATAN and BARTENDER), and one male vocalist/guitarist (JOB).
The band includes a lead guitarist/vocalist, Hammond B3 player/vocalist, blues harpist/vocalists, rhythm guitarist/vocalist, bass player and drummer.
Besides the script, there are complete scores for each song (please note, score not included with script purchase, please contact us if you require a score).