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Swing It   

 
Adelphi Theatre, (7/22/1937 - 9/01/1937)
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Opening Date: Jul 22, 1937    
Closing Date: Sep 01, 1937 Total Performances: 36

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical in two acts
Comments: Production performed six nights a week, no matinees.



Production Staff
Produced by Variety Theatre unit of The WPA Federal Theatre Project (Frank Merlin: Producer)
Music by Eubie Blake and Milton Reddie; Book by Cecil Mack; Lyrics by Milton Reddie and Cecil Mack; Musical Director: Lorenzo Calduel; Music orchestrated by Lorenzo Calduel
Staged by Cecil Mack and Jack Mason; Dances and ensembles by Benny Johnson and Miriam Schiller
Scenic Design by Walter Walden and Victor Zanoff; Costume Design by Maxine Jones and Alexander Jones
Assistant to Mr. Calduel: Harry Ferguson and Paul Heinberger
Cast
Leo BaileySmoky
Proprietor of the Cockroach Cafe
Norman BarksdaleBill
A Piano Player
George BookerGabby
First Mate of the Liza Jane
James BoxwellJasper
Plantation Foreman
Marion BrantleyEthel
An Entertainer
Herbert BrownEnsemble
Anita BushAmy
Harlem Society Reporter
Cliff CarterEnsemble
Walter CrumbleyNate Smith
Captain of the Susan Belle
Edna DeasEnsemble
Sherman DirksonBob
Steve's Partner
Grace DriverEnsemble
Genora EnglishMame
A Gal from Memphis
Frances EverettSadie
Captain Smith's daughter
John FortuneJamaica Joe
Hot-Corn Man
Edward FryeJake Frye
Captain of the Liza Jane
Dorothy GeeEnsemble
Allen GeorgeEnsemble
James GreenDusty
Ed HallEnsemble
Mabel HamiltonEnsemble
Bobby JacksonEnsemble
Frank JacksonFlatfut
Levee Cop
Ensemble
Henry JinesRusty
Bennie JohnsonEnsemble
Ruth La MarrEnsemble
Lawrence LomaxSwipes
Bartender
Joe LoomisBud
First Mate of the Susan Belle
Roberta LoweryEnsemble
Goldie MartienEnsemble
James B. McRileyEnsemble
Ernest MickensSkadmoose
First Deckhand of the Liza Jane
James MordecaiGinger
Heading for Harlem
Joe NorthernEnsemble
Ralph NorthernEnsemble
Sam OwensEnsemble
Cora Parks"Mom" Brown
Fried-Chicken Vendor
Frederika PhoenixEnsemble
Edna RicksEnsemble
J. Flashe RileyEnsemble
Ollie SchoonmakerEnsemble
Viola SmithEnsemble
George St. ClairEnsemble
Fannie SuberEnsemble
Sonny ThompsonSteve
A Gambling Man
Dorothy TurnerSu San
A Chinese Girl
Ensemble
Richard WebbSmoky
Proprietor of the Cockroach Cafe
Olena WilliamsGladys
Cabaret Queen
Nat WilsonEnsemble
Al YoungChin Chin
Chinese Cook
Sheriff
Billy YoungEnsemble
Blanche YoungMiranda
Frye's Best Half
music by Milton Reddie and Eubie Blake; lyrics by Cecil Mack and Milton Reddie
(Unless otherwise noted)

ACT 1 Sung By
JollificationEnsemble
The Susan Belle and The Liza JaneGabby (First Mate of the Liza Jane) and Ensemble
What Do I Want With Love?Ginger (Heading for Harlem) and Eight Levee Chicks
It's the Truth in MeBill (A Piano Player), Flatfut (Levee Cop), Mame (A Gal from Memphis), Skadmoose (First Deckhand of the Liza Jane), Swipes (Bartender), Jasper (Plantation Foreman) and Ensemble
Blah-Blah-Blah-BlahJake Frye (Captain of the Liza Jane) and Gabby (First Mate of the Liza Jane)
Ain't We Got LoveSadie (Captain Smith's daughter), Bob (Steve's Partner), Dancing Ensemble and Singing Ensemble
Old Time SwingEthel (An Entertainer)
Shine
(music by Ford Dabney; lyrics by Cecil Mack and Lew Brown)
Ensemble
Green and BlueGladys (Cabaret Queen)
By the Sweat of Your BrowJasper (Plantation Foreman) and Ensemble
I BelieveEnsemble
By the Sweat of Your Brow (Reprise)
Captain, Mate and CrewJake Frye (Captain of the Liza Jane), Gabby (First Mate of the Liza Jane) and Men's Ensemble
Farewell DixielandEntire Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Sons and Daughters of the SeaSkadmoose (First Deckhand of the Liza Jane), Singing Ensemble and Eight Dancing Girls
Levee LadiesEnsemble
Huggin an' Muggin'Mame (A Gal from Memphis), Ginger (Heading for Harlem), Dancing Ensemble and Singing Ensemble
The ConspiratorsNate Smith (Captain of the Susan Belle), Bud (First Mate of the Susan Belle) and Sheriff
Down With FryeNate Smith (Captain of the Susan Belle), Bud (First Mate of the Susan Belle) and Sheriff
I Praise SueBud (First Mate of the Susan Belle)
Spirit of RhythmEnsemble
Jungle SwingJasper (Plantation Foreman)
Jungle LoveEnsemble
Rhythm Is a RacketSteve (A Gambling Man) and Bob (Steve's Partner)
Swing WeddingEnsemble