Laiona Michelle Sparkles as Nina Simone in GSP's "Little Girl Blue"

Nina Simone, who died in 2003 at the age of 70, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. I’m not sure she would have welcomed the honor.

As “Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical” — which is currently playing at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, in its world premiere — emphasizes, Simone didn’t even like being labelled “jazz.” She’s a classical artist, she feels. Being denied admission, as a young woman, to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia — because of racial prejudice, she believes — opened a wound that never healed.

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