PlayDramaOriginalBroadway
Opening Date
Oct 11, 1984
Closing Date
Jun 09, 1985
1st Preview
Oct 03, 1984
1st Preview
Oct 03, 1984
Previews
9
Performances
276
PlayDramaOriginalBroadway

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

Theatres
Cort Theatre
(Oct 11, 1984 - Jun 09, 1985)

Setting
Chicago. A bandroom and a recording studio. Early 1927.

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
Sturdyvant
studio owner
Irvin
Ma's manager
Sylvester
Ma's nephew
Levee
trumpeter
Slow Drag
bassist
Toledo
pianist
Policeman
Ma Rainey
Dussie Mae
Cutler
trombonist
Understudies: Peter Boyden (Sturdyvant, Irvin, Policeman), Bill Cobbs (Cutler), Arthur French (Slow Drag, Toledo), Brent Jennings (Levee, Sylvester) and Ebony Jo-Ann (Ma Rainey, Dussie Mae)

Cort Theatre (Oct 11, 1984 - Jun 09, 1985)

Cast

Dussie Mae
Cutler
trombonist
Slow Drag
bassist
Ebony Jo-Ann
during illness
Ma Rainey
Understudies: Thomas Martell Brimm (Cutler), Damien Leake (Levee, Sylvester), Jack R. Marks (Sturdyvant, Irvin, Policeman), Lou Myers (Toledo, Slow Drag) and Victor Raider-Wexler (Sturdyvant, Irvin, Policeman)

Tony Award®

 

Best Play

1985 Nominee
Produced by Ivan Bloch , Robert Cole and Frederick M. Zollo
Written by August Wilson
 

Best Featured Actor in a Play

1985 Nominee
Charles S. Dutton
 

Best Featured Actress in a Play

1985 Nominee
Theresa Merritt

Drama Desk Award

 

Outstanding New Play

1985 Nominee
Produced by Ivan Bloch , Robert Cole and Frederick M. Zollo
Written by August Wilson

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

1985 Winner
Charles S. Dutton

Theatre World

Award

1985 Recipient
Charles S. Dutton
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