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Swingin' The Dream   

 
Center Theatre , (11/29/1939 - 12/09/1939)
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Opening Date:Nov 29, 1939   
Closing Date:Dec 09, 1939 Total Performances:13

Category: Musical, Comedy, Variety, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical in two acts
Setting: New Orleans in 1890


Production Staff
Produced by Erik Charell; Produced in association with Jean Rodney
Variation on "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare; Book by Gilbert Seldes and Erik Charell; Lyrics by Eddie de Lange; Music by Jimmy Van Heusen; Vocal arrangements by Lyn Murray; Music orchestrated by Phil Wall, Herb Guigley, Ardon Cornwell and Fletcher Henderson; Musical Director: Don Voorhees; Music for "Jumpin' at the Woodside" by Count Basie; Music for "Pick-a-Rib," "Rachel's Dream" and "Flying Home" by Benny Goodman; Music for "Wedding March" by Felix Mendelssohn; Music for "St. Louis Blues" by W. C. Handy; Lyrics for "St. Louis Blues" by W. C. Handy; Music for "Ain't Misbehavin'" by Thomas "Fats" Waller; Music for "Ain't Misbehaving'" by Harry Brooks; Lyrics for "Ain't Misbehaving'" and "Christopher Columbus" by Andy Razaf; Music for "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" by Jimmy Hugh; Lyrics for "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" by Dorothy Fields; Music for "Moonglow" by Will Hudson, Eddie de Lange and Irving Mills; Lyrics for "Moonglow" by Will Hudson, Eddie de Lange and Irving Mills; Music for "Hold Tight-Hold Tight" by Leonard Kent, Edward Robinson, Leonard Ware, Jerry Brandow and Willie Spotswood; Lyrics for "Hold Tight-Hold Tight" by Leonard Kent, Edward Robinson, Leonard Ware, Jerry Brandow and Willie Spotswood; Music for "My Melancholy Baby" by Ernie Burnett; Lyrics for "My Melancholy Baby" by George A. Norton; Music for "Christopher Columbus" by Leon Berry; Music for "Way Down Younder in New Orleans" by Larry Clinton; Lyrics for "Way Down Younder in New Orleans" by Larry Clinton; Music for "Ol' Man Mose" by Louis Armstrong; Lyrics for "Ol' Man Mose" by Zilner T. Randolph; Music for "Jeepers Creepers" by Harry Warren; Lyrics for "Jeepers Creepers" by Johnny Mercer; Music for "Oh, You Crazy Moon" by James Van Heusen; Lyrics for "Oh, You Crazy Moon" by Johnny Burke; Music for "The Flat Foot Floogie" by Slim Gaillard, Slam Stewart and Bud Green; Lyrics for "The Flat Foot Floogie" by Slim Gaillard, Slam Stewart and Bud Green; Music for "Down by the Old Mill Stream" by Tell Taylor; Lyrics for "Down by the Old Mill Stream" by Tell Taylor; Music for "Big John's Special" by Horace Henderson; Music for "Dinah" by Harry Akst; Lyrics for "Dinah" by Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young; Music for "Rose Room" by Art Hickman; Lyrics for "Rose Room" by Harry Williams; Music for "Flying Home' by Lionel Hampton; Music for "Sugarfoot Stomp" by Joseph Oliver; Lyrics for "Sugarfoot Stomp" by Walter Melrose
Staged by Erik Charell; Dialogue directed by Philip Loeb; Dances by Agnes De Mille; Jitterbugs by Herbert White
Scenic Design by Herbert Andrews and Walter Jagemann; Costume Design by Herbert Andrews
Musical Supervisor: Benny Goodman and Don Voorhees; Musician: The Benny Goodman Sextet and Bud Freeman and The Summa Cum Laude
Scenery based on cartoons designed by Walt Disney
Cast
Louis Armstrong Bottom/Pyramus
Bill Bailey Specialty Dancer
Cupid
Frank Bell Dancer
Hilda Bess Jitterbugger
Richard Bess Jitterbugger
Al Bledger Dancer
Joyce Boyd Jitterbugger
Troy Brown Snout/Wall
Warren Coleman Singer
Alice Coles Child
Thomas Coley Cornelius
Clemie Collinwood Dancer
Muriel Cook Dancer
Boyd Crawford Alexander
Wilda Crawford Jitterbugger
Dorothy Dandridge Second Pixie
Etta Dandridge Third Pixie
Vivian Dandridge First Pixie
The Dandridge Sisters Performer
Jean Daniels Singer
Joseph Daniels Jitterbugger
Gerald De La Fontaine Snug/Lion
The Deep River Boys Performer
Harry Douglas Singer
William Downes Jitterbugger
Elizabeth Dozier Child
Laura Duncan Singer
Eadie Edwards Child
Beatrice Elam Jitterbugger
Arlyne Evans Jitterbugger
Hazel Ferguson Child
Anthony Fleming Dancer
Charles Ford Singer
Ruth Ford Polly
Celestine Fuller Child
Vernon Gardner Singer
John Garth III Singer
Herman Green Majordomo
George Greenridge Jitterbugger
Ethel Harper Singer
Raymond Harrison Child
Ersalyn Hayes Singer
Juan Hernandez Oberon
Joseph Holland Theodore
Governor of Louisiana
Edith Hurd Dancer
Joyce James Jitterbugger
Lonnie Jenkins Jitterbugger
Anne Johnson Jitterbugger
Clifford E. Johnson Child
Dottiemae Johnson Jitterbugger
Irene Johnson Singer
King Johnson Dancer
Frances Jones Jitterbugger
Leroy Jones Jitterbugger
Lawaune Kennard Dancer
Catheryn Laughlin Crimson
Cleo Law Dancer
George Lawson Singer
George Le Soir Egbert
Tommy Lee Jitterbugger
Martin Logan Dancer
Lyn Murray Singers
Eleanor Lynn Gloria
Jackie Mabley Quince
Gladys Madden Singer
Frank Manning Jitterbugger
Emmet Matthews Singer
Emily McCloud Jitterbugger
Dorothy McGuire Helena
Butterfly McQueen Puck
Lucille Middleton Jitterbugger
Norma Miller Jitterbugger
Wihelmina Moore Jitterbugger
Nicodemus Starveling/Moon
George W. Nixon Singer
Josephine Ortego Singer
James Outlaw Jitterbugger
Sunny Payne Drummer Boy
Alberta Perkins Peaceful Pearl
Kelsey Pharr Singer
Samuel Pierce Jitterbugger
Lora Pierre Dancer
Oscar Polk Flute/Thisbe
Belle Powell Singer
Muriel Rahn Singer
The Rhythmettes Performer
Ruby Richards Dancer
Priscilla Richshard Child
Joe Riddick Jitterbugger
Elwood Robinson Child
Raymond Saunders Dancer
Winnie Scott Singer
Ollie Simmons Dancer
James Sparks Singer
Lloyd Storey Dancer
Maxine Sullivan Titania
Herbert Sumpter Child
Sylvester Taylor Child
Naomi Waller Dancer
Edward Ware Singer
Thomas Washington Jitterbugger
Billy Williams Jitterbugger
Bernice Willis Dancer
Charles Willis Singer
Randolph Willis Child
Carol Wright Singer
Jessie Zachary Singer
music by Jimmy Van Heusen; lyrics by Eddie de Lange
(Unless otherwise noted)
 

ACT 1Sung By
Spring Song
(music by Jimmy Van Heusen and Benny Goodman)
Deep River Boys and Ensemble
Peace, Brother Deep River Boys and Ensemble
There's Gotta Be a Weddin' Bottom/Pyramus, Flute/Thisbe, Snout/Wall, Quince, Starveling/Moon, Snug/Lion, the Rythmettes, Stable Boys and Kitchen Maids
Peace, Brother (Reprise)Bottom/Pyramus, Flute/Thisbe, Starveling/Moon, Snout/Wall, Quince, Snug/Lion, Deep River Boys and Ensemble
ACT 2Sung By
Swingin' a Dream Jitterbugs and Dandridge Sisters
Moonland Titania, Deep River Boys and Ensemble
Love's a Riddle Titania, Dandridge Sisters, Deep River Boys and Ensemble
Darn That Dream Titania, Bottom/Pyramus, Cupid, Dandridge Sisters, the Rhythmettes, Deep River Boy and Ensemble
Jumpin' at the Woodside
(music by Count Basie)
Jitterbugs
Swingin' a Dream (Reprise)Titania, Deep River Boys and Ensemble
Pick-a-Rib
(music by Benny Goodman)
The Benny Goodman Sextette
Wedding March
(music by Felix Mendelssohn)
Theodore and his party, Deep River Boys and Ensemble
The Opera "Pyramus and Thisbe" (The opera was comprised of interpolated jazz standards not by Messrs. Van Heusen and DeLange) Quince, Bottom/Pyramus, Flute/Thisbe, Snout/Wall, Starveling/Moon, Snug/Lion and Cupid
Jumpin' at the Woodside (Reprise)
(music by Count Basie)