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Me and Bessie   
A Musical Evening

 
Ambassador Theatre , (10/22/1975 - 11/29/1975)
Edison Theatre , (12/03/1975 - 12/05/1976)
First Preview:Oct 18, 1975 Total Previews:2
Opening Date:Oct 22, 1975   
Closing Date:Dec 05, 1976 Total Performances:453

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Comments: Played in rep with Oh! Calcutta! from 09/24/1976 to 12/5/1976


Production Staff
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)
Produced by Lee Apostoleris
Originally produced by Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum (Gordon Davidson, Artistic Director) and Lee Apostoleris
Musical Director: Howlett Smith; Conceived by Will Holt and Linda Hopkins; Book by Will Holt and Linda Hopkins; Featuring songs by D. Akers, Eddie Green, Graham Prince, J. Henry, Joseph Hayden, Lil Green and Theodore M. Metz
Directed by Robert Greenwald; Special Dance Sequences by Lester Wilson
Scenic Design by Donald Harris; Lighting Design by Tharon Musser; Costume Design by Pete Menefee
General Manager: Emanuel Azenberg; Company Manager: Jose Véga and Susan Bell
Production Stage Manager: Martin Herzer; Stage Manager: Bethe Ward
Conducted by Howlett Smith; Musical Coordinator: Earl Shendell
General Press Representative: The Merlin Group, Ltd.; Press Representative: Sandy Manley; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company
Cast
Linda Hopkins Bessie Smith
Gerri Dean Woman
Lester Wilson Man
Understudies: Thomas M. Pollard (Man) and Alfre Woodard (Woman)
Drama Desk Award
 1976 Unique Theatrical Experience [nominee]
Performer: Linda Hopkins

ACT 1
I Feel Good
God Shall Wipe All Tears Away
Moan You Mourners
New Orleans Hop Scop Blues
Romance in the Dark
(music by Lil Green; lyrics by Lil Green)
Preach Them Blues
(music by Bessie Smith; lyrics by Bessie Smith)
A Good Man Is Hard To Find
(music by Eddie Green; lyrics by Eddie Green)
T'Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do
(music by Porter Grainger, Clarence Williams and Graham Prince; lyrics by Porter Grainger, Clarence Williams and Graham Prince)
Gimme a Pigfoot
(music by Wesley Wilson; lyrics by Wesley Wilson)
Put It Right Here
(music by Porter Grainger; lyrics by Porter Grainger)
You've Been a Good Ole Wagon
(music by J. Henry; lyrics by J. Henry)
Trombone Cholly
Jazzbo Brown
After You've Gone
(music by J. Turner Layton; lyrics by Henry Creamer)
ACT 2
There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
(music by Joseph Hayden and Theodore M. Metz; lyrics by Joseph Hayden and Theodore M. Metz)
Empty Bed Blues
(music by J. C. Johnson; lyrics by J. C. Johnson)
Kitchen Man
(music by Alex Belledna; lyrics by Andy Razaf)
Mama Don't 'Low
Do Your Duty
(music by Wesley Wilson; lyrics by Wesley Wilson)
Fare Thee Well
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
(music by Jimmy Cox; lyrics by Jimmy Cox)
Trouble
(music by D. Akers; lyrics by D. Akers)
The Man's All Right