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The new musical RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD returns from its sold-out, critically acclaimed, 2015 engagement, with additional songs and scenes in an all-new production. This LA Times Critics pick tells the true and fascinating love, life and times of 1950’s Los Angeles entrepreneur and activist John Dolphin–the trailblazing black businessman who made his mark on the national music scene long before Motown ever existed. Dolphin opened Dolphin’s Of Hollywood Record Shop on legendary Central Avenue in 1948 and, along with his regular radio broadcasts and four record labels, he launched and helped to build, the careers of some of the biggest names in music. Facing police opposition, the shop and its broadcasts were a gathering place for music lovers from every race and background and became “the place to be” in LA in the 50’s.  Dolphin played a real role in integrating the Los Angeles music scene and through helped bring R&B into the mainstream for all time. Based on the book The John Dolphin Story by Jamelle Dolphin,  RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD features 16 new songs as well as hits from the Rhythm and Blues and early Rock and Roll era.