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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 ArmstrongBottom/Pyramus
Bill BaileySpecialty Dancer
Cupid
Frank BellDancer
Hilda BessJitterbugger
Richard BessJitterbugger
Al BledgerDancer
Joyce BoydJitterbugger
Troy BrownSnout/Wall
Warren ColemanSinger
Alice ColesChild
Thomas ColeyCornelius
Clemie CollinwoodDancer
Muriel CookDancer
Boyd CrawfordAlexander
Wilda CrawfordJitterbugger
Dorothy DandridgeSecond Pixie
Etta DandridgeThird Pixie
Vivian DandridgeFirst Pixie
The Dandridge SistersPerformer
Jean DanielsSinger
Joseph DanielsJitterbugger
Gerald De La FontaineSnug/Lion
The Deep River BoysPerformer
Harry DouglasSinger
William DownesJitterbugger
Elizabeth DozierChild
Laura DuncanSinger
Eadie EdwardsChild
Beatrice ElamJitterbugger
Arlyne EvansJitterbugger
Hazel FergusonChild
Anthony FlemingDancer
Charles FordSinger
Ruth FordPolly
Celestine FullerChild
Vernon GardnerSinger
John Garth IIISinger
Herman GreenMajordomo
George GreenridgeJitterbugger
Ethel HarperSinger
Raymond HarrisonChild
Ersalyn HayesSinger
Juan HernandezOberon
Joseph HollandTheodore
Governor of Louisiana
Edith HurdDancer
Joyce JamesJitterbugger
Lonnie JenkinsJitterbugger
Anne JohnsonJitterbugger
Clifford E. JohnsonChild
Dottiemae JohnsonJitterbugger
Irene JohnsonSinger
King JohnsonDancer
Frances JonesJitterbugger
Leroy JonesJitterbugger
Lawaune KennardDancer
Catheryn LaughlinCrimson
Cleo LawDancer
George LawsonSinger
George Le SoirEgbert
Tommy LeeJitterbugger
Martin LoganDancer
Lyn Murray Singers
Eleanor LynnGloria
Jackie MableyQuince
Gladys MaddenSinger
Frank ManningJitterbugger
Emmet MatthewsSinger
Emily McCloudJitterbugger
Dorothy McGuireHelena
Butterfly McQueenPuck
Lucille MiddletonJitterbugger
Norma MillerJitterbugger
Wihelmina MooreJitterbugger
NicodemusStarveling/Moon
George W. NixonSinger
Josephine OrtegoSinger
James OutlawJitterbugger
Sunny PayneDrummer Boy
Alberta PerkinsPeaceful Pearl
Kelsey PharrSinger
Samuel PierceJitterbugger
Lora PierreDancer
Oscar PolkFlute/Thisbe
Belle PowellSinger
Muriel RahnSinger
The RhythmettesPerformer
Ruby RichardsDancer
Priscilla RichshardChild
Joe RiddickJitterbugger
Elwood RobinsonChild
Raymond SaundersDancer
Winnie ScottSinger
Ollie SimmonsDancer
James SparksSinger
Lloyd StoreyDancer
Maxine SullivanTitania
Herbert SumpterChild
Sylvester TaylorChild
Naomi WallerDancer
Edward WareSinger
Thomas WashingtonJitterbugger
Billy WilliamsJitterbugger
Bernice WillisDancer
Charles WillisSinger
Randolph WillisChild
Carol WrightSinger
Jessie ZacharySinger
music by Jimmy Van Heusen; lyrics by Eddie de Lange
(Unless otherwise noted)

ACT 1 Sung By
Spring Song
(music by Jimmy Van Heusen and Benny Goodman)
Deep River Boys and Ensemble
Peace, BrotherDeep 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 2 Sung By
Swingin' a DreamJitterbugs and Dandridge Sisters
MoonlandTitania, Deep River Boys and Ensemble
Love's a RiddleTitania, Dandridge Sisters, Deep River Boys and Ensemble
Darn That DreamTitania, 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)