MusicalRevueOriginalBroadway
Opening Date
Jan 26, 1989
Closing Date
Jan 20, 1991
1st Preview
Dec 27, 1988
1st Preview
Dec 27, 1988
Previews
32
Performances
829
MusicalRevueOriginalBroadway

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

Theatres
Minskoff Theatre
(Jan 26, 1989 - Jan 20, 1991)

Produced by Mel Howard and Donald K. Donald; Associate Producer: Marilynn LeVine
Originally created at Theatre Musical de Paris
Music orchestrated by Sy Johnson; Music arranged by Sy Johnson; Additional arrangements by Luther Henderson; Additional orchestrations by Luther Henderson; Featuring songs by Ellas McDaniel ("I'm a Woman"), W. C. Handy ("St. Louis Blues"), Spencer Williams ("Everybody Loves My Baby", "Royal Garden Blues"), Clarence Williams ("Royal Garden Blues"), J. Turner Layton ("After You've Gone"), Andy Razaf ("If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' on It"), Alex Hill ("If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' on It"), Louis Armstrong ("I Want a Big Butter and Egg Man"), Percy Venable ("I Want a Big Butter and Egg Man"), Jimmy McHugh ("I Can't Give You Anything But Love"), Doc Daugherty ("I'm Confession"), Ellis Reynolds ("I'm Confession"), Duke Ellington ("Black and Tan Fantasy", "Come Sunday", "Daybreak Express", "In a Sentimental Mood", "East St. Louis Toodle-oo", "Mystery Song"), Bubber Miley ("Black and Tan Fantasy", "East St. Louis Toodle-oo"), Jimmie Lunceford ("Rhythm Is Our Business"), Saul Chaplin ("Rhythm Is Our Business"), Porter Grainger ("T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do"), Everett Robbins ("T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do"), Thomas "Fats" Waller ("That Rhythm Man", "Black and Blue"), Harry Brooks ("That Rhythm Man"), John Green ("Body and Soul"), Harry Akst ("Am I Blue"), Benny Goodman ("Stompin' at the Savoy"), Chick Webb ("Stompin' at the Savoy"), Edgar Sampson ("Stompin' at the Savoy"), Eubie Blake ("Memories of You"), Leslie Johnakins ("Wednesday Night Hop"), Andy Kirk ("Wednesday Night Hop"), Harold Arlen ("I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues"), Big Maybelle Smith ("Cry Like a Baby"), Sy Johnson ("Swinging") and Leroy Kirkland ("Cry Like a Baby"); Featuring songs with lyrics by Henry Creamer ("After You've Gone"), Ellas McDaniel ("I'm a Woman"), Jack Palmer ("Everybody Loves My Baby"), Andy Razaf ("If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' on It", "That Rhythm Man", "Black and Blue", "Stompin' at the Savoy", "Memories of You"), Dorothy Fields ("I Can't Give You Anything But Love"), Al J. Nieburg ("I'm Confession"), Manny Curtis ("In a Sentimental Mood"), Irving Mills ("In a Sentimental Mood", "Mystery Song"), Sammy Cahn ("Rhythm Is Our Business"), Porter Grainger ("T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do"), Everett Robbins ("T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do"), Harry Brooks ("Black and Blue"), Edward Heyman ("Body and Soul"), Robert Sour ("Body and Soul"), Frank Eyton ("Body and Soul"), Leslie Johnakins ("Wednesday Night Hop"), Andy Kirk ("Wednesday Night Hop"), Ted Koehler ("I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues"), Big Maybelle Smith ("Cry Like a Baby"), Grant Clarke ("Am I Blue"), W. C. Handy ("St. Louis Blues"), Alex Hill ("If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' on It") and Leroy Kirkland ("Cry Like a Baby")
Conceived by Claudio Segovia and Héctor Orezzoli; Directed by Claudio Segovia and Héctor Orezzoli; Choreographed by Cholly Atkins, Henry LeTang, Frankie Manning and Fayard Nicholas; Assistant Choreographer: Dianne Walker
Scenery conceived by Claudio Segovia and Héctor Orezzoli; Costumes conceived by Claudio Segovia and Héctor Orezzoli; Lighting conceived by Claudio Segovia and Héctor Orezzoli; Lighting Design by Neil Peter Jampolis and Jane Reisman; Sound Design by Abe Jacob; Hair Design by Jean-Luc Don Vito; Make-Up Design by Jean-Luc Don Vito; Scenic Assistant: Mina Albergo and Laura Brock; Assistant Lighting Design: Douglas Cox; Asst. to Mr. Jacobs: Cathy E. Kabat and Jonathan Weston
General Manager: Norman Rothstein and Robert A. Buckley; Associate Gen. Mgr: Julie Crosby
Production Stage Manager: Alan Hall; Technical Supervisor: Peter Fulbright; Stage Manager: Ruth E. Rinklin; Assistant Stage Mgr: Jack Gianino, Tamara K. Heeschen and Jim Badrak
Conducted by Leonard Oxley; Guitar: Billy Butler; Clarinet/Sax: Bill Easley and Haywood Henry; Bass: Al McKibbon; Piano: Sir Roland Hanna and Leonard Oxley; Trumpet: Stephen Furtaldo, Virgil Jones, Jake Porter and Emery Thompson; Alto Saxophone: Jerome Richardson; Drums: Grady Tate; Violin: Claude Williams; Trombone: Britt Woodman; Musical Coordinator: Red Press; Musical Supervisor: Sy Johnson
Pianos courtesy of Baldwin
Press Representative: P.R. Partners; Casting: Hughes / Moss Casting; Advertising: DCA Advertising and Nappi / Eliran Advertising, Ltd.; Logo Design by Juan Gatti; Photographer: Martha Swope and Ken Howard; Casting Associate: Jessica Gilburne; Production Assistant: Nadine Aronson and Amanda Sutton; Asst. to Technical Supervisor: C. Barrack Evans
Singer
Singer
Singer
Hoofer
Hoofer
Hoofer
Dancer
Younger Generation
Younger Generation
Dancer
Dancer
Dancer
Dancer
Dancer
Dancer
Hoofer
Younger Generation
Hoofer
Standby: Melba Joyce (Singer) and Tarik Winston (Younger Generation)

Minskoff Theatre (Jan 26, 1989 - Jan 20, 1991)

Violin: Lesa Terry; Guitar: Martin Aubert

Cast

Singer
Dancer
Hoofer
Edward Campbell IV
Broadway debut
Dancer
Dancer
Walter Freeman
Broadway debut
Dancer
Hoofer
Younger Generation
Dexter Jones
Broadway debut
Dancer
Dancer
Michael Rainey
Broadway debut
Dancer
Michelle M. Robinson
Broadway debut
Dancer
Dancer
Younger Generation
Dancer
Standby: Daniel B. Wooten, Jr. (Younger Generation)
Act 1
Sung By
I'm a Woman
(music by Ellas McDaniel; lyrics by Ellas McDaniel)
Linda, Ruth and Carrie
Royal Garden Blues
(music by S. Williams and C. Williams)
The Musicians
St. Louis Blues
(music by W. C. Handy; lyrics by W. C. Handy)
Ruth
Everybody Loves My Baby
(music by Spencer Williams; lyrics by Jack Palmer)
The Dancers
After You've Gone
(music by J. Turner Layton; lyrics by Henry Creamer)
Linda, Bernard and The Male Dancers
If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' on It
(music by Alex Hill and Andy Razaf; lyrics by Alex Hill and Andy Razaf)
Ruth
I Want a Big Butter and Egg Man
(music by Louis Armstrong and Percy Venable)
Carrie, Kevin, Ted and Eugene
Rhythm Is Our Business
(music by Saul Chaplin and Jimmie Lunceford; lyrics by Sammy Cahn)
Savion, Cyd and Dormeshia
Mystery Song
(music by Duke Ellington; lyrics by Irving Mills)
Tanya, Rashamella and Valerie Smith
Stompin' at the Savoy
(music by Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson and Chick Webb; lyrics by Andy Razaf)
Jimmy
I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues
(music by Harold Arlen; lyrics by Ted Koehler)
Carrie
Black and Tan Fantasy
(music by Duke Ellington and Bubber Miley)
Bunny and The Dancers
Come Sunday
(music by Duke Ellington)
Linda
Daybreak Express
(music by Duke Ellington)
The Musicians
T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
(music by Porter Grainger and Everett Robbins; lyrics by Porter Grainger and Everett Robbins)
Ruth and Linda
That Rhythm Man
(music by Harry Brooks and Thomas "Fats" Waller; lyrics by Andy Razaf)
The Dancers
Act 2
Sung By
Swinging
(music by Sy Johnson)
The Dancers
Wednesday Night Hop
(music by Leslie Johnakins and Andy Kirk; lyrics by Leslie Johnakins and Andy Kirk)
The Dancers
Cry Like a Baby
(music by Leroy Kirkland and Big Maybelle Smith; lyrics by Leroy Kirkland and Big Maybelle Smith)
Linda
Memories of You
(music by Eubie Blake; lyrics by Andy Razaf)
Diane, Bernard and Kevin
Body and Soul
(music by John Green; lyrics by Frank Eyton, Edward Heyman and Robert Sour)
Ruth
I'm Confession'
(music by Doc Daugherty and Ellis Reynolds; lyrics by Al J. Nieburg)
Kyme, Bernard, Kevin, Fred and Ted
East St. Louis Toodle-oo
(music by Duke Ellington and Bubber Miley)
Ralph and Lon
Am I Blue
(music by Harry Akst; lyrics by Grant Clarke)
Carrie
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
(music by Jimmy McHugh; lyrics by Dorothy Fields)
Angela, Eugene and The Dancers
In a Sentimental Mood
(music by Duke Ellington; lyrics by Manny Curtis and Irving Mills)
Bunny
Black and Blue
(music by Thomas "Fats" Waller; lyrics by Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf)
Ruth, Linda, Carrie, Jimmy and Bunny

Tony Award®

 

Best Musical

1989 Nominee
Produced by Mel Howard and Donald K. Donald

Best Actress in a Musical

1989 Winner
Ruth Brown
 

Best Actress in a Musical

1989 Nominee
Linda Hopkins
 

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

1989 Nominee
Savion Glover and Bunny Briggs
 

Best Scenic Design

1989 Nominee
Scenic Design by Claudio Segovia and Héctor Orezzoli

Best Costume Design

1989 Winner
Costume Design by Claudio Segovia and Héctor Orezzoli
 

Best Lighting Design

1989 Nominee
Lighting Design by Neil Peter Jampolis and Jane Reisman

Best Choreography

1989 Winner
Choreographed by Cholly Atkins, Henry LeTang, Frankie Manning and Fayard Nicholas
 

Best Direction of a Musical

1989 Nominee
Directed by Claudio Segovia and Héctor Orezzoli

Drama Desk Award

 

Outstanding Musical

1989 Nominee
Produced by Mel Howard and Donald K. Donald
 

Outstanding Lighting Design

1989 Nominee
Lighting Design by Neil Peter Jampolis and Jane Reisman
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