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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom   

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: Chicago. A bandroom and a recording studio. Early 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
John Carpenter
studio owner
Lou Criscuolo
Ma's manager
Scott Davenport-Richards
Ma's nephew
Charles S. Dutton
Leonard Jackson
Slow Drag
Robert Judd
Christopher Loomis
Theresa Merritt
Ma Rainey
Aleta Mitchell
Dussie Mae
Joe Seneca
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
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
Theatre World
winner 1985 Award [recipient]
Charles S. Dutton