The incomparable Miche Braden has done it again with her portrayal the Empress of Blues, Bessie Smith. The Passage Theatre in Trenton was the perfect intimate space to tell the story of the outrageous, spunky and incredibly gifted Bessie Smith. I had the pleasure of seeing the first performance of the show on November 1 and I was completely blown away. Miche Braden is truly a performer. She epitomized the life and the blues of Bessie Smith with little more than a three-piece band and a barrage of gin bearing flasks.