Exclusive: WHO DO YOU LOVE Movie Poster

     February 22, 2010

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Opening on April 6, in limited release, is director Jerry Zaks’ Who Do You Love.  The movie is the story of legendary record producer Leonard Chess, founder of Chess Records, the label that helped popularize Blues music during the 1950s and ’60s.

To help promote the film, we’ve been given the poster to premiere, so hit the jump to check it out.  We’ve also posted the full synopsis and cast list.

“Who Do You Love” is a great snapshot of the era in which the music that was to become the foundation of Rock & Roll was created. The music, the cars, the clothes, and the many amazing characters of my childhood are brought to life in this film, which also gives a taste of the many roads travelled by my family to make Chess Records one of the greatest record labels of all time.”

–  Marshall Chess

Here’s the synopsis:

Who Do You Love is the life story of legendary record producer Leonard Chess, founder of Chess Records in Chicago, IL, the label that helped popularize blues music during the 1950s and ’60s.

Leonard, a Jewish immigrant from Poland and the son of a junkyard dealer, is mesmerized by the Black music and culture that surrounds him.  Leonard and his brother Phil, open a club called the Macomba, and gamble on producing “race records” with the help of bass player and songwriter, Willie Dixon.  After initial failure, they find tremendous success with the extraordinary Muddy Waters. As Muddy Waters becomes wildly popular, Leonard and Phil Chess create Chess Records. Leonard’s obsession with the music business strains his family life, but Leonard makes great efforts to make things right at home with his wife Revetta, and son Marshall.  As his priorities are changing, so is the music world around him.   The Chess brothers put blues on the map as it radically reinvented itself as Rock ‘n ‘ Roll.

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Who Do You Love movie poster

CAST
Leonard Chess ……………………….Alessandro Nivola

Muddy Waters ………………………..David Oyelowo

Willie Dixon (Dix) ……………………..Chi McBride

Phil Chess …………………………….Jon Abrahams

Ivy Mills …………………………………Megalyn Echikunwoke

Revetta …………………………………Marika Dominczyk

Elgin Evers …………………………….Derrick Martin

Jimmy Rogers …………………………Kevin Moore

Bo Diddley …………………………… Robert Randolph

Little Walter ……………………………Miko Defoor

Andrew Tibbs …………………………Raheem DeVaughn

Billy Breeze……………………………Ryan Shaw

Malcom Chisolm ……………………..Joe Chrest

Lonnie Johnson ………………………TJ Hassan

Alan Freed …………………………….Ian Leson

Marshall (7/8-years-old) ……………..Tendal Jaret Mann

Little Johnson …………………………Gavin Lewis

Sheva ………………………………….Lisa Goldstein

Leonard (13-years-old) ………………Ryan Puszewski

Hank Lakin ……………………………Roy McCrerey

Joe Chess …………………………….Dan Triandiflou

Jake ……………………………………J.D. Evermore

Phil (8-years-old) ……………………..Benjamin Rose

FILMMAKERS

Director…………………………………Jerry Zaks

Writers………………………………….Peter Wortmann & Bob Conte

Producers…………………………….. Les Alexander, Andrea Baynes & Jonathan Mitchell

Executive Producers………………… Gideon Amir & Dennis Brown

Co-Producer…………………………. Robert Conte & Peter Wortmann

Casting ………………………………..Stacey Rosen, C.S.A.

Executive Music Producers …………Budd Carr & Nora Felder

Original Music ………………………..Jeff Beal

Production Designer …………………Carey Meyer

Director of Photography …………….David Franco

Costume Designer …………………..Christine Peters

Editors …………………………………Scott Richter & Anthony Redman

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