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Lunt-Fontanne Theatre , (3/01/1981 - 1/02/1983)
First Preview:Feb 16, 1981 Total Previews:15
Opening Date:Mar 01, 1981   
Closing Date:Jan 02, 1983 Total Performances:767

Category: Musical, Revue, Original, Broadway


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Theatre Owned / Operated by The Messrs. Nederlander
Produced by Roger S. Berlind, Manheim Fox, Sondra Gilman, Burton L. Litwin and Louise Westergaard; Produced in association with Belwin Mills Publishing Corporation and Norzar Productions, Inc
Conceived by Donald McKayle; Based on the music of Duke Ellington; Music by Duke Ellington; Featuring songs by Irving Mills ("The Mooche", "Old Man Blues", "Rockin' In' Rhythm", "Mood Indigo"), Juan Tizol ("Perdido", "Caravan"), Ervin M. Drake ("Perdido"), Hans Lengsfelder ("Perdido"), Al Hibbler ("Fat and Forty"), Billy Strayhorn ("Take the 'A' Train", "Something To Live For", "Imagine My Frustration", "I'm Checking Out Goombye"), Harry Carney ("Rockin' In' Rhythm"), Don George ("I'm Beginning To See the Light"), Johnny Hodges ("I'm Beginning To See the Light"), Harry James ("I'm Beginning To See the Light"), Gerald Wilson ("Imagine My Frustration") and Albany "Barney" Bigard ("Mood Indigo"); Featuring songs with lyrics by Duke Ellington, John Guare ("Music Is a Woman"), Don George ("Hit Me With a Hot Note and Watch Me Bounce", "I'm Beginning To See the Light"), Juan Tizol ("Perdido"), Ervin M. Drake ("Perdido"), Hans Lengsfelder ("Perdido"), Al Hibbler ("Fat and Forty"), Irving Mills ("It Don't Mean a Thing", "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart", "Caravan", "Old Man Blues", "In a Sentimental Mood", "Sophisticated Lady"), Sid Kuller ("Bli-Blip"), Bob Russell ("Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me"), John Redmond ("I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart"), Billy Strayhorn ("Something To Live For", "Satin Doll", "Imagine My Frustration", "I'm Checking Out Goombye"), Nick Kenny ("Drop Me Off in Harlem"), Bill Katz ("Duke's Place"), R. Thiele ("Duke's Place"), Manny Kurtz ("In a Sentimental Mood"), Johnny Hodges ("I'm Beginning To See the Light"), Harry James ("I'm Beginning To See the Light"), Johnny Mercer ("Satin Doll"), Lee Gaines ("Just Squeeze Me"), Mack David ("I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So"), Gerald Wilson ("Imagine My Frustration"), Paul Francis Webster ("I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good") and Mitchell Parish ("Sophisticated Lady"); Musical Director: Mercer Ellington; Music orchestrated by Al Cohn; Music arranged by Lloyd Mayers; Dance arrangements by Lloyd Mayers; Vocal arrangements by Lloyd Mayers and Malcolm Dodds; Additional arrangements by Paul Chihara
Directed by Michael Smuin; Choreographed by Donald McKayle and Michael Smuin; Co-Choreography and Tap Choreography by Henry LeTang; Associate Choreographer: Bruce Heath; Assistant Choreographer: Mercedes Ellington
Scenic Design by Tony Walton; Costume Design by Willa Kim; Lighting Design by Jennifer Tipton; Sound Design by Otts Munderloh; Hair Design by Danny Wintrode; Assistant to Mr. Walton: Vaughan Edwards and Peter Gould; Assistant to Ms. Kim: Bud Santora and Paula Iasella; Assistant to Ms. Tipton: Allen Lee Hughes
General Manager: Joseph P. Harris and Ira Bernstein; Associate Gen. Mgr: Steven E. Goldstein; Associate to Joseph Harris: Nancy Simmons
Production Stage Manager: Martin Gold; Stage Manager: Carlos Gorbea; Assistant Stage Mgr: Kenneth Hanson
Music Consultant: Paul Chihara; Piano: Lloyd Mayers; Drums: Richard Pratt; Trumpet: Barry Lee Hall and Jon Longo; Musical Coordinator: Lloyd Mayers; Music Contractor: Rudy Stevenson; Assistant Conductor: Lloyd Mayers; Music Preparation: Mathilde Pincus and Al Miller
General Press Representative: Fred Nathan; Press Representative: Eileen McMahon; Casting: T.N.I. Casting, Julie Hughes and Barry Moss; Dance Captain: Claudia Asbury; Advertising: Ash / LeDonne, Fred Golden and Jon Wilner; Photographer: Martha Swope and Kenn Duncan; Furs by The Christie Brothers; Vocal Coach: Roy Glover
Cast
Gregory Hines Performer
Judith Jamison Performer
P. J. Benjamin Performer
Phyllis Hyman
Broadway debut
Performer
Claudia Asbury Sophisticated Lady
Adrian Bailey Sophisticated Gentleman
Priscilla Baskerville Performer
Hinton Battle Performer
Gregg Burge Performer
Mercedes Ellington Performer
Sophisticated Lady
Michael Scott Gregory
Broadway debut
Sophisticated Gentleman
Terri Klausner Performer
Michael Lichtefeld Sophisticated Gentleman
Paula Lynn Sophisticated Lady
Wynonna Smith Sophisticated Lady
T. A. Stephens Sophisticated Gentleman
Standbys: Naomi Moody (Performer) and Anita Moore (Performer)
Understudies: Hinton Battle (Performer), Gregg Burge (Performer), Michael Scott Gregory (Performer), Michael Lichtefeld (Performer), Paula Lynn (Performer), Valarie Pettiford (Performer, Sophisticated Lady), Wynonna Smith (Performer), T. A. Stephens (Performer) and Faruma S. Williams (Performer, Sophisticated Gentleman)
Tony Award®
 1981 Best Musical [nominee]
Produced by Roger S. Berlind, Manheim Fox, Sondra Gilman, Burton L. Litwin and Louise Westergaard; Produced in association with Belwin Mills Publishing Corporation and Norzar Productions, Inc
 1981 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Gregory Hines
winner 1981 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner]
Hinton Battle
 1981 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Phyllis Hyman
winner 1981 Best Costume Design [winner]
Willa Kim
 1981 Best Lighting Design [nominee]
Jennifer Tipton
 1981 Best Choreography [nominee]
Henry LeTang
 1981 Best Choreography [nominee]
Donald McKayle
 1981 Best Choreography [nominee]
Michael Smuin
 1981 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee]
Michael Smuin
Theatre World
nominee 1981 Award [recipient]
Phyllis Hyman
Drama Desk Award
 1981 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Gregg Burge
music by Duke Ellington
(Unless otherwise noted)
 

ACT 1
I've Got To Be A Rag Cutter (1937)
(lyrics by Duke Ellington)
Music Is A Woman (Based on "Jubilee Stomp" 1928)
(lyrics by John Guare)
The Mooche (1929)
(music by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills)
Hit Me With A Hot Note And Watch Me Bounce (1945)
(lyrics by Don George)
Love You Madly (1950)
(lyrics by Duke Ellington)
Perdido (1971)
(music by Juan Tizol, Ervin M. Drake and Hans Lengsfelder; lyrics by Juan Tizol, Ervin M. Drake and Hans Lengsfelder)
Fat and Forty
(music by Duke Ellington and Al Hibbler; lyrics by Duke Ellington and Al Hibbler)
It Don't Mean A Thing (1929)
(lyrics by Irving Mills)
Bli-Blip (1941)
(lyrics by Duke Ellington and Sid Kuller)
Cotton Tail (1940)
Take the 'A' Train (1941)
(music by Billy Strayhorn)
Solitude (1934)
Don't Get Around Much Anymore (1942)
(lyrics by Bob Russell)
I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart (1938)
(lyrics by Irving Mills and John Redmond)
Caravan (1937)
(music by Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol; lyrics by Irving Mills)
Something To Live For (1939)
(music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn; lyrics by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn)
Old Man Blues (1930)
(music by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills; lyrics by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills)
Drop Me Off in Harlem (1933)
(lyrics by Nick Kenny)
Rockin' In Rhythm (1933)
(music by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Harry Carney)
ACT 2
Duke's Place (1957)
(lyrics by Bill Katz and R. Thiele)
Diminuendo In Blue (1942)
In A Sentimental Mood (1935)
(lyrics by Manny Kurtz and Irving Mills)
I'm Beginning To See The Light (1944)
(music by Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges and Harry James; lyrics by Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges and Harry James)
Satin Doll (1958)
(lyrics by Billy Strayhorn and Johnny Mercer)
Just Squeeze Me (1946)
(lyrics by Lee Gaines)
Dancers In Love (1945)
Echoes of Harlem (1936)
I'm Just A Lucky So-And-So (1945)
(lyrics by Mack David)
Hey Baby (1946)
(lyrics by Duke Ellington)
Imagine My Frustration (1966)
(music by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Gerald Wilson; lyrics by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Gerald Wilson)
Kinda Dukish (1955)
Ko-Ko (1939)
I'm Checking Out Goombye (1939)
(music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn; lyrics by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn)
Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me (1943)
(lyrics by Bob Russell)
I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good (1941)
(lyrics by Paul Francis Webster)
Mood Indigo (1931)
(music by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Albany "Barney" Bigard)
Sophisticated Lady (1933)
(lyrics by Mitchell Parish and Irving Mills)
It Don't Mean A Thing (1929) (Reprise)
(lyrics by Irving Mills)