Need Your Love

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Need Your Love

Written and Directed by KJ Sanchez

OCT. 30 - DEC. 12, 2021
Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre

About the World Premiere

From the creator of Cincinnati King comes the life and times of King Records star Little Wille 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." Little Willie John will be brought to life by Richard Crandle, whose performance as the singer in Cincinnati King was called “dazzling” by CityBeat and “mesmerizing” by The Cincinnati Enquirer. An extraordinary portrait of one of the most talented, influential and underrated R&B singers of all time.

Since COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for later this year could be different and are still unknown, single tickets will go on sale in late summer or early fall. Join our e-list to be the first to know when we announce on-sale dates.




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.




Richard Crandle as Little Willie John in Cincinnati King; Photo by Mikki Schaffner.