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Swingin' The Dream   

Center Theatre, (11/29/1939 - 12/09/1939)
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Opening Date: Nov 29, 1939    
Closing Date: Dec 09, 1939 Total Performances: 13

Category: Musical, Comedy, Variety, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical in two acts
Setting: New Orleans in 1890


Production Staff
Produced by Erik Charell; Produced in association with Jean Rodney
Variation on "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare; Book by Gilbert Seldes and Erik Charell; Lyrics by Eddie de Lange; Music by Jimmy Van Heusen; Vocal arrangements by Lyn Murray; Music orchestrated by Phil Wall, Herb Guigley, Ardon Cornwell and Fletcher Henderson; Musical Director: Don Voorhees; Music for "Jumpin' at the Woodside" by Count Basie; Music for "Pick-a-Rib," "Rachel's Dream" and "Flying Home" by Benny Goodman; Music for "Wedding March" by Felix Mendelssohn; Music for "St. Louis Blues" by W. C. Handy; Lyrics for "St. Louis Blues" by W. C. Handy; Music for "Ain't Misbehavin'" by Thomas "Fats" Waller; Music for "Ain't Misbehaving'" by Harry Brooks; Lyrics for "Ain't Misbehaving'" and "Christopher Columbus" by Andy Razaf; Music for "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" by Jimmy Hugh; Lyrics for "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" by Dorothy Fields; Music for "Moonglow" by Will Hudson, Eddie de Lange and Irving Mills; Lyrics for "Moonglow" by Will Hudson, Eddie de Lange and Irving Mills; Music for "Hold Tight-Hold Tight" by Leonard Kent, Edward Robinson, Leonard Ware, Jerry Brandow and Willie Spotswood; Lyrics for "Hold Tight-Hold Tight" by Leonard Kent, Edward Robinson, Leonard Ware, Jerry Brandow and Willie Spotswood; Music for "My Melancholy Baby" by Ernie Burnett; Lyrics for "My Melancholy Baby" by George A. Norton; Music for "Christopher Columbus" by Leon Berry; Music for "Way Down Younder in New Orleans" by Larry Clinton; Lyrics for "Way Down Younder in New Orleans" by Larry Clinton; Music for "Ol' Man Mose" by Louis Armstrong; Lyrics for "Ol' Man Mose" by Zilner T. Randolph; Music for "Jeepers Creepers" by Harry Warren; Lyrics for "Jeepers Creepers" by Johnny Mercer; Music for "Oh, You Crazy Moon" by James Van Heusen; Lyrics for "Oh, You Crazy Moon" by Johnny Burke; Music for "The Flat Foot Floogie" by Slim Gaillard, Slam Stewart and Bud Green; Lyrics for "The Flat Foot Floogie" by Slim Gaillard, Slam Stewart and Bud Green; Music for "Down by the Old Mill Stream" by Tell Taylor; Lyrics for "Down by the Old Mill Stream" by Tell Taylor; Music for "Big John's Special" by Horace Henderson; Music for "Dinah" by Harry Akst; Lyrics for "Dinah" by Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young; Music for "Rose Room" by Art Hickman; Lyrics for "Rose Room" by Harry Williams; Music for "Flying Home' by Lionel Hampton; Music for "Sugarfoot Stomp" by Joseph Oliver; Lyrics for "Sugarfoot Stomp" by Walter Melrose
Staged by Erik Charell; Dialogue directed by Philip Loeb; Dances by Agnes De Mille; Jitterbugs by Herbert White
Scenic Design by Herbert Andrews and Walter Jagemann; Costume Design by Herbert Andrews
Musical Supervisor: Benny Goodman and Don Voorhees; Musician: The Benny Goodman Sextet and Bud Freeman and The Summa Cum Laude
Scenery based on cartoons designed by Walt Disney
Cast
Louis Armstrong
Bottom/Pyramus
Bill Bailey
Specialty Dancer
Cupid
Frank Bell
Dancer
Hilda Bess
Jitterbugger
Richard Bess
Jitterbugger
Al Bledger
Dancer
Joyce Boyd
Jitterbugger
Troy Brown
Snout/Wall
Warren Coleman
Singer
Alice Coles
Child
Thomas Coley
Cornelius
Clemie Collinwood
Dancer
Muriel Cook
Dancer
Boyd Crawford
Alexander
Wilda Crawford
Jitterbugger
Dorothy Dandridge
Second Pixie
Etta Dandridge
Third Pixie
Vivian Dandridge
First Pixie
The Dandridge Sisters
Performer
Jean Daniels
Singer
Joseph Daniels
Jitterbugger
Gerald De La Fontaine
Snug/Lion
The Deep River Boys
Performer
Harry Douglas
Singer
William Downes
Jitterbugger
Elizabeth Dozier
Child
Laura Duncan
Singer
Eadie Edwards
Child
Beatrice Elam
Jitterbugger
Arlyne Evans
Jitterbugger
Hazel Ferguson
Child
Anthony Fleming
Dancer
Charles Ford
Singer
Ruth Ford
Polly
Celestine Fuller
Child
Vernon Gardner
Singer
John Garth III
Singer
Herman Green
Majordomo
George Greenridge
Jitterbugger
Ethel Harper
Singer
Raymond Harrison
Child
Ersalyn Hayes
Singer
Juan Hernandez
Oberon
Joseph Holland
Theodore
Governor of Louisiana
Edith Hurd
Dancer
Joyce James
Jitterbugger
Lonnie Jenkins
Jitterbugger
Anne Johnson
Jitterbugger
Clifford E. Johnson
Child
Dottiemae Johnson
Jitterbugger
Irene Johnson
Singer
King Johnson
Dancer
Frances Jones
Jitterbugger
Leroy Jones
Jitterbugger
Lawaune Kennard
Dancer
Catheryn Laughlin
Crimson
Cleo Law
Dancer
George Lawson
Singer
George Le Soir
Egbert
Tommy Lee
Jitterbugger
Martin Logan
Dancer
Lyn Murray Singers

Eleanor Lynn
Gloria
Jackie Mabley
Quince
Gladys Madden
Singer
Frank Manning
Jitterbugger
Emmet Matthews
Singer
Emily McCloud
Jitterbugger
Dorothy McGuire
Helena
Butterfly McQueen
Puck
Lucille Middleton
Jitterbugger
Norma Miller
Jitterbugger
Wihelmina Moore
Jitterbugger
Nicodemus
Starveling/Moon
George W. Nixon
Singer
Josephine Ortego
Singer
James Outlaw
Jitterbugger
Sunny Payne
Drummer Boy
Alberta Perkins
Peaceful Pearl
Kelsey Pharr
Singer
Samuel Pierce
Jitterbugger
Lora Pierre
Dancer
Oscar Polk
Flute/Thisbe
Belle Powell
Singer
Muriel Rahn
Singer
The Rhythmettes
Performer
Ruby Richards
Dancer
Priscilla Richshard
Child
Joe Riddick
Jitterbugger
Elwood Robinson
Child
Raymond Saunders
Dancer
Winnie Scott
Singer
Ollie Simmons
Dancer
James Sparks
Singer
Lloyd Storey
Dancer
Maxine Sullivan
Titania
Herbert Sumpter
Child
Sylvester Taylor
Child
Naomi Waller
Dancer
Edward Ware
Singer
Thomas Washington
Jitterbugger
Billy Williams
Jitterbugger
Bernice Willis
Dancer
Charles Willis
Singer
Randolph Willis
Child
Carol Wright
Singer
Jessie Zachary
Singer
music by Jimmy Van Heusen; lyrics by Eddie de Lange
(Unless otherwise noted)
ACT 1 Sung By
Spring Song
(music by Jimmy Van Heusen and Benny Goodman)
Deep River Boys and Ensemble
Peace, Brother Deep River Boys and Ensemble
There's Gotta Be a Weddin' Bottom/Pyramus, Flute/Thisbe, Snout/Wall, Quince, Starveling/Moon, Snug/Lion, the Rythmettes, Stable Boys and Kitchen Maids
Peace, Brother (Reprise) Bottom/Pyramus, Flute/Thisbe, Starveling/Moon, Snout/Wall, Quince, Snug/Lion, Deep River Boys and Ensemble
ACT 2 Sung By
Swingin' a Dream Jitterbugs and Dandridge Sisters
Moonland Titania, Deep River Boys and Ensemble
Love's a Riddle Titania, Dandridge Sisters, Deep River Boys and Ensemble
Darn That Dream Titania, Bottom/Pyramus, Cupid, Dandridge Sisters, the Rhythmettes, Deep River Boy and Ensemble
Jumpin' at the Woodside
(music by Count Basie)
Jitterbugs
Swingin' a Dream (Reprise) Titania, Deep River Boys and Ensemble
Pick-a-Rib
(music by Benny Goodman)
The Benny Goodman Sextette
Wedding March
(music by Felix Mendelssohn)
Theodore and his party, Deep River Boys and Ensemble
The Opera "Pyramus and Thisbe" (The opera was comprised of interpolated jazz standards not by Messrs. Van Heusen and DeLange) Quince, Bottom/Pyramus, Flute/Thisbe, Snout/Wall, Starveling/Moon, Snug/Lion and Cupid
Jumpin' at the Woodside (Reprise)
(music by Count Basie)
   
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