Hugh Laurie happily sings the blues, USA Today
Let’s face it: Hugh Laurie is probably not the first person who comes to mind when you think of New Orleans.
Yet there the House star is, on PBS, starring in the SeptemberGreat Performances special Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk – a Celebration of New Orleans Blues. And he won’t just be hosting — he’s singing and playing the piano with Irma Thomas, Tom Jones and Allen Toussaint, among other New Orleans stars. It was, he says, a dream come true.
“This whole experience has been really closer to who I am than many things I have done, I suppose because the subject was so dear to my heart … It was very unplanned. It was a genuine journey of discovery.”
Laurie’s view of New Orleans, the city and its sound, is clear: “I love and respect that music as much as I love and respect anything” – a love that extends to a city that he thinks “will rise again and again and again no matter what people throw at it, because it is indomitable.”