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   from the issue of November 16, 2006

Ray Charles musical plays Lied Nov. 21

Direct from London's West End and a sold-out European tour, "I Can't Stop Loving You - The Music of Ray Charles," premieres 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

"I Can't Stop Loving You" features a live on-stage orchestra, dancers and six singers in a review of Ray Charles' life and music. The performance is a non-stop celebration highlighting the diversity of Charles' music.

Angelia Onuoha, a local actress/singer, will offer a pre-performance talk at 7 p.m. in the Lied Center's Steinhart Room. Seating is limited.

"I Can't Stop Loving You" is directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd, the creator of the successful United Kingdom production.

Known as "Brother Ray" or simply "The Genius," Charles was one of the greatest musical legends of the 20th century. Born in 1930 in Albany, Ga., and blind by the age of 7, Charles started his recording career in the late 1940s. He soon began his mixture and experimentation within musical genres winning 17 Grammy Awards.

Throughout his career, Charles was featured on more than 250 albums, appeared in film and on television, and was one of the original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Presidential Medal for the Arts, France's Legion of Honor and the Kennedy Center Honors.

In 2004, Ray Charles' life story was chronicled in the award-winning film "Ray" starring Jamie Foxx.

Ticket prices are $60, $55 and $50. UNL students with a valid NCard or youth 18 and under can purchase tickets for half price.

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