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Need Your Love

Need Your Love

Written and Directed by KJ Sanchez

Not Currently Playing
Rosenthal Shelterhouse

Not able to see the show in-person? Pay what you can starting at $10 to stream the production from home, Dec. 13-26.

About the World Premiere

From the creator of Cincinnati King comes the life and times of King Records star Little Willie John. You love the music, now hear his personal story. This intimate and captivating world premiere recounts his meteoric career and turbulent life in the music industry fast-lane. The show features hits from the King Records catalog – including "Fever," "My Love Is," "Shakin'" and, of course, "Need Your Love So Bad." An extraordinary portrait of one of the most talented, influential and underrated R&B singers of all time.

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Running Time

The show runs 90 minutes. There is no intermission.




Recommended for adults and teenage audiences. This musical docudrama celebrates the life of R&B talented singer, whose behind-the-scenes tales feature some mild adult language and mature themes.




Little Willie John

Becoming Little Willie John

Read how performer Antonio Michael Woodard found the spirit and soul of R&B's unsung hero.

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Need Your Love

Little Willie John Returns

KJ Sanchez’s musical docudrama Cincinnati King brought to life a groundbreaking chapter of our history through its tale about Syd Nathan’s King Records Studio.

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KJ Sanchez

The Story Continues

A Q&A with Need Your Love Playwright/Director KJ Sanchez.

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Antonio Michael Woodard

Antonio / Little Willie John

KJ Sanchez

Playwright / Director

Richard Livingston Huntley

Music Director / Drummer

Josafath Reynoso

Set Designer

Rachel Anne Healy

Costume Designer

Amber Whatley

Lighting Designer

Lindsay Jones

Sound Designer

Joel Greenberg


Ian Axness


Terrell Montgomery


Stephanie Klapper, CSA

Casting Director

Brooke Redler

Stage Manager

Suann Pollock

Second Stage Manager




Photo of Antonio Michael Woodard by Mikki Schaffner.
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