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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 Bailey Smoky
Proprietor of the Cockroach Cafe
Norman Barksdale Bill
A Piano Player
George Booker Gabby
First Mate of the Liza Jane
James Boxwell Jasper
Plantation Foreman
Marion Brantley Ethel
An Entertainer
Herbert Brown Ensemble
Anita Bush Amy
Harlem Society Reporter
Cliff Carter Ensemble
Walter Crumbley Nate Smith
Captain of the Susan Belle
Edna Deas Ensemble
Sherman Dirkson Bob
Steve's Partner
Grace Driver Ensemble
Genora English Mame
A Gal from Memphis
Frances Everett Sadie
Captain Smith's daughter
John Fortune Jamaica Joe
Hot-Corn Man
Edward Frye Jake Frye
Captain of the Liza Jane
Dorothy Gee Ensemble
Allen George Ensemble
James Green Dusty
Ed Hall Ensemble
Mabel Hamilton Ensemble
Bobby Jackson Ensemble
Frank Jackson Flatfut
Levee Cop
Ensemble
Henry Jines Rusty
Bennie Johnson Ensemble
Ruth La Marr Ensemble
Lawrence Lomax Swipes
Bartender
Joe Loomis Bud
First Mate of the Susan Belle
Roberta Lowery Ensemble
Goldie Martien Ensemble
James B. McRiley Ensemble
Ernest Mickens Skadmoose
First Deckhand of the Liza Jane
James Mordecai Ginger
Heading for Harlem
Joe Northern Ensemble
Ralph Northern Ensemble
Sam Owens Ensemble
Cora Parks "Mom" Brown
Fried-Chicken Vendor
Frederika Phoenix Ensemble
Edna Ricks Ensemble
J. Flashe Riley Ensemble
Ollie Schoonmaker Ensemble
Viola Smith Ensemble
George St. Clair Ensemble
Fannie Suber Ensemble
Sonny Thompson Steve
A Gambling Man
Dorothy Turner Su San
A Chinese Girl
Ensemble
Richard Webb Smoky
Proprietor of the Cockroach Cafe
Olena Williams Gladys
Cabaret Queen
Nat Wilson Ensemble
Al Young Chin Chin
Chinese Cook
Sheriff
Billy Young Ensemble
Blanche Young Miranda
Frye's Best Half
music by Milton Reddie and Eubie Blake; lyrics by Cecil Mack and Milton Reddie
(Unless otherwise noted)
 

ACT 1Sung By
Jollification Ensemble
The Susan Belle and The Liza Jane Gabby (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 Me Bill (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-Blah Jake Frye (Captain of the Liza Jane) and Gabby (First Mate of the Liza Jane)
Ain't We Got Love Sadie (Captain Smith's daughter), Bob (Steve's Partner), Dancing Ensemble and Singing Ensemble
Old Time Swing Ethel (An Entertainer)
Shine
(music by Ford Dabney; lyrics by Cecil Mack and Lew Brown)
Ensemble
Green and Blue Gladys (Cabaret Queen)
By the Sweat of Your Brow Jasper (Plantation Foreman) and Ensemble
I Believe Ensemble
By the Sweat of Your Brow (Reprise)
Captain, Mate and Crew Jake Frye (Captain of the Liza Jane), Gabby (First Mate of the Liza Jane) and Men's Ensemble
Farewell Dixieland Entire Company
ACT 2Sung By
Sons and Daughters of the Sea Skadmoose (First Deckhand of the Liza Jane), Singing Ensemble and Eight Dancing Girls
Levee Ladies Ensemble
Huggin an' Muggin' Mame (A Gal from Memphis), Ginger (Heading for Harlem), Dancing Ensemble and Singing Ensemble
The Conspirators Nate Smith (Captain of the Susan Belle), Bud (First Mate of the Susan Belle) and Sheriff
Down With Frye Nate Smith (Captain of the Susan Belle), Bud (First Mate of the Susan Belle) and Sheriff
I Praise Sue Bud (First Mate of the Susan Belle)
Spirit of Rhythm Ensemble
Jungle Swing Jasper (Plantation Foreman)
Jungle Love Ensemble
Rhythm Is a Racket Steve (A Gambling Man) and Bob (Steve's Partner)
Swing Wedding Ensemble