MusicalOriginalBroadway
Opening Date
Mar 20, 1997
Closing Date
May 11, 1997
1st Preview
Mar 04, 1997
1st Preview
Mar 04, 1997
Previews
19
Performances
61
MusicalOriginalBroadway

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

Theatres
Brooks Atkinson Theatre
(Mar 20, 1997 - May 11, 1997)

Setting
The Magical Kingdom of Harlem. The Swingin' 40s.

Conceived by Sheldon Epps; Directed by Sheldon Epps; Choreographed by Mercedes Ellington; Assistant Choreographer: Delphine T. Mantz
Scenic Design by James Leonard Joy; Costume Design by Marianna Elliott; Lighting Design by Jeff Davis; Sound Design by Jeff Ladman; Hair Design by Alexis Kelley; Assistant Scenic Design: Todd Ivins, Nikita Polyansky and Peter Yesair
General Manager: Charlotte W. Wilcox; Company Manager: Susan Sampliner
Production Supervisor: Technical Theater Services, Ltd.; Production Stage Manager: Robert Mark Kalfin; Stage Manager: Lurie Horns Pfeffer, Jimmie Lee Smith and Matthew Aaron Stern; Production Manager: John H. Paull, III and Rhys Williams
Musical Supervisor: Luther Henderson; Musical Coordinator: William Meade; Conducted by J. Leonard Oxley; Assistant Conductor: George Caldwell
Creative Consultant: Louis Johnson; Creative Historic Consultant: Frankie Manning; Casting: Pat McCorkle and Tim Sutton; Director of Marketing: Lesley Mazzotta; Press Representative: Richard Kornberg & Associates, Rick Miramontez, Jim Byk and Don Summa; Advertising: Russek Advertising; Photographer: Carol Rosegg
Denizen of Harlem
Denizen of Harlem
Miss Mary
Denizen of Harlem
Denizen of Harlem
Denizen of Harlem
Denizen of Harlem
Denizen of Harlem
Denizen of Harlem
Lady Liv
Denizen of Harlem
Denizen of Harlem
Denizen of Harlem
Understudies: Wendee Lee Curtis (CC), Alan H. Green (Duke, Rev, Sweets), Frantz G. Hall (Rev), Bryan S. Haynes (Jester), Gil P. (Sweets), Lacy Darryl Phillips (Jester), Stacie Precia (Vy, Miss Mary), Angela Robinson (Lady Liv, Vy, Miss Mary) and William Wesley (Duke)
music by Duke Ellington; lyrics by Duke Ellington
(Unless otherwise noted)
Act 1
Sung By
Take the A Train
(music by Billy Strayhorn; lyrics by Billy Strayhorn)
Vy and Ensemble
Drop Me Off in Harlem
(lyrics by Nick Kenny)
Vy and Denizens of Harlem
I've Got To Be A Rug Cutter
Jester, Vy and Cotton Club Dancers
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
(music by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Henry Nemo and John Redmond; lyrics by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Henry Nemo and John Redmond)
Duke
C Jam Blues
Cotton Club Dancers
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
(lyrics by Bob Russell)
Vy and Lady Liv
Don't You Know I Care
(lyrics by Mack David)
Rev
It Don't Mean A Thing
(lyrics by Irving Mills)
Jester, Miss Mary, Sweets and Rev
I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
(lyrics by Paul Francis Webster)
Duke and Vy
Hit Me with a Hot Note and Watch Me Bounce
(lyrics by Don George)
Vy, Duke and Duke's Band
I'm Just a Lucky So and So
(lyrics by Mack David)
Jester and Cotton Club Dancers
Everything But You
(music by Duke Ellington, Don George and Harry James; lyrics by Duke Ellington, Don George and Harry James)
Lady Liv and Vy
Vy, Duke, Lady Liv and Rev
Act 2
Sung By
Black Butterfly
(music by Ben Carruthers, Duke Ellington and Irving Mills; lyrics by Ben Carruthers, Duke Ellington and Irving Mills)
Lady Liv's Escorts
I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues
(lyrics by Don George)
Lady Liv
I'm Beginning To See The Light
(music by Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges and Harry James; lyrics by Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges and Harry James)
Rev and Cotton Club Dancers
I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good (Reprise)
(lyrics by Paul Francis Webster)
Rev
I Didn't Know About You
(lyrics by Bob Russell)
Vy
Rocks In My Bed
Sweets and Jester
Something To Live For
(lyrics by Billy Strayhorn)
Rev and Lady Liv
Love You Madly
Miss Mary and Sweets
Prelude to a Kiss
(music by Duke Ellington, Irving Gordon and Irving Mills; lyrics by Duke Ellington, Irving Gordon and Irving Mills)
Vy and Duke
In A Mellow Tone
(lyrics by Milton Gabler)
Vy, Duke, Lady Liv, Rev and Denizens of Harlem

Tony Award®

 

Best Actress in a Musical

1997 Nominee
Tonya Pinkins
 

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

1997 Nominee
André De Shields
 

Best Orchestrations

1997 Nominee
Music orchestrated by Luther Henderson

Drama Desk Award

 

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

1997 Nominee
André De Shields
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