The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.
The Queen brings Bessie back to life.
Did You Know?
was offered the role of Viola, but she refused because she had played that type of character before. Reading the script, she liked Ma Rainey and asked HBO if it was possible to play that character. See more
I ain't playing second to nobody!
Laugh, Clown, Laugh
Written by Joe Young
, Sam Lewis
(as Sam M. Lewis), Ted Fio Rito
(as Ted Fiorito)
Performed by Cecile McLorin Salvant See more