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January 26, 2014 @ 12:00 AM - February 2, 2014 @ 12:00 AM
Long before R. Kelly’s hip-hopera Trapped in the Closet, there was Duke Ellington’s jazzy account of life above 110th Street in the 1920s. The rarely staged opera was inspired by the story of Madame C.J. Walker, whose hair elixir made her the first African American female millionaire.