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Cort Theatre , (10/11/1984 - 6/09/1985)
First Preview:Oct 03, 1984 Total Previews:9
Opening Date:Oct 11, 1984   
Closing Date:Jun 09, 1985 Total Performances:276

Category: Play, Drama, Original, Broadway
Setting: The bandroom and recording studio of a record company in Chicago. The "Race" division. Early March 1927.


Production Staff
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)
Produced by Ivan Bloch, Robert Cole and Frederick M. Zollo; (Uncredited) produced by Nicholas Paleologos; Associate Producer: Bart Berman, Hart Productions and William P. Suter
Originally produced by Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director); Initially presented at the 1982 National Playwrights' Conference by The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center
Written by August Wilson; Musical Director: Dwight Andrews; Featuring "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "See See Rider" written by Ma Rainey; Featuring "Hear Me Talkin' To You" written by Louis Armstrong; Featuring "Trust No Man" written by Lillian Hardeway Henderson; Featuring "Doctor Jazz" written by Joseph Oliver and Walter Melrose
Directed by Lloyd Richards
Scenic Design by Charles Henry McClennahan; Costume Design by Daphne Pascucci; Lighting Design by Peter Maradudin; Sound Design by Jan Nebozenko
General Manager: Kingwill & Goossen, Inc.; Assistant to the General Managers: Susan Sampliner
Production Stage Manager: Mortimer Halpern; Stage Manager: K. White
Press Representative: Jeffrey Richards Associates; Associate to the Production: Deborah D. Mathews and Georgianne Walken; Casting: Meg Simon and Fran Kumin; Advertising: Serino, Coyne & Nappi; Photographer: Bert Andrews
Cast
John Carpenter Sturdyvant
studio owner
Lou Criscuolo Irvin
Ma's manager
Scott Davenport-Richards Sylvester
Ma's nephew
Charles S. Dutton Levee
trumpeter
Leonard Jackson Slow Drag
bassist
Robert Judd Toledo
pianist
Christopher Loomis Policeman
Theresa Merritt Ma Rainey
Aleta Mitchell Dussie Mae
Joe Seneca Cutler
trombonist
Understudies: Peter Boyden (Irvin, Policeman, Sturdyvant), Bill Cobbs (Cutler), Arthur French (Slow Drag, Toledo), Brent Jennings (Levee, Sylvester) and Ebony Jo-Ann (Dussie Mae, Ma Rainey)
Tony Award®
 1985 Best Play [nominee]
Written by August Wilson; Produced by Ivan Bloch, Robert Cole and Frederick M. Zollo
 1985 Best Featured Actor in a Play [nominee]
Charles S. Dutton
 1985 Best Featured Actress in a Play [nominee]
Theresa Merritt
Theatre World
nominee 1985 Award [recipient]
Charles S. Dutton
Drama Desk Award
 1985 Outstanding New Play [nominee]
Produced by Ivan Bloch, Robert Cole and Frederick M. Zollo; Written by August Wilson
winner 1985 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play [winner]
Charles S. Dutton