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ANTA Playhouse , (3/02/1976 - 12/31/1977)
First Preview:Feb 20, 1976 Total Previews:12
Opening Date:Mar 02, 1976   
Closing Date:Dec 31, 1977 Total Performances:766

Category: Musical, Revue, Original, Broadway
Setting: Harlem. Today and between 1920 and 1940.


Production Staff
Produced by J. Lloyd Grant, Richard Bell, Robert M. Cooper and Ashton Springer; Produced in association with Moe Septee Inc.
Originally produced by Media House; Originally presented by AMAS Repertory Theatre (Rosetta Le Noire, Founder and Artistic Director)
Book by Loften Mitchell; Based on a concept by Rosetta LeNoire; Featuring songs by Lil Armstrong, Eubie Blake, Shelton Brooks, Cab Calloway, Jimmy Cox, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Earl "Fatha" Hines, W. C. Handy, Arthur Herzog, Jr., Avon Long, W. Benton Overstreet, Maceo Pinkard, Edgar Sampson, Noble Sissle, Will E. Skidmore, Billy Strayhorn, Renton Tunnah, Thomas "Fats" Waller, Chick Webb and Bert Williams; Featuring songs with lyrics by Eddie de Lange, Billy Higgins, Irving Mills, Loften Mitchell, Mitchell Parish, Andy Razaf, Alex Rogers and Paul Webster; Additional music by Danny Holgate, Emme Kemp and Lillian Lopez; Choral arrangements by Chapman Roberts; Musical Director: Danny Holgate
Directed by Robert M. Cooper; Choreographed by Billy Wilson
Scenic Design by Clarke Dunham; Lighting Design by Barry Arnold; Costume Design by Bernard Johnson; Projection Design by Lucie D. Grosvenor and Clarke Dunham; Sound Design by Joel S. Fichman; Hair Design by Gene Sheppard and Stanley James
General Manager: Ashton Springer; Assistant Gen. Mgr: Susan Chase; Company Manager: Carolyne A. Jones
Production Stage Manager: Sam Ellis; Assistant Stage Mgr: E. Lynn Nickerson; Production Supervisor: I. Mitchell Miller
Based on a concept by Neal Tate; Pianist: Neal Tate; Music Contractor: Rudy Stevenson; Guitar and Flute: Rudy Stevenson
General Press Representative: Max Eisen; Asst. to the Choreographer: Dyann Robinson; Press Representative: Barbara Glenn and Fred Hoot; Photographer: Bert Andrews
Cast
Joseph Attles Checkers
Dusty
Avon Long John Sage
Rusty
Josephine Premice Irene Paige
Vivian Reed Marsha
Young Irene
Ethel Beatty Ella
Carolyn Byrd Carolyn
Gospel Lady
Female Nightclub Singer
Chip Garnett Jim
Male Nightclub Singer
Barry Preston Charlie
Count
Barbara Rubenstein Judy
Dutch's Girl
Vernon Washington Bill
Time Man
Bumpy
Emcee
Murphy Cross Chorus
Nedra Dixon Chorus
Karen Grannum
Broadway debut
Norma
Charlise Harris Laura
Millard Hurley Dance Alternate
Emme Kemp Chorus
Alton Lathrop Gene
Gospel Lady's Son
One of the Solitunes
Lonnie McNeil Skip
Young Checkers
One of the Solitunes
Carol Pennyfeather Dance Alternate
Stanley Ramsey Chorus
Dyann Robinson Helen
Anthony Whitehouse Tony
Waiter
Dutch
Newton Winters
Broadway debut
Ray
Young Sage
One of the Solitunes
Standby: Vernon Washington (John Sage, Rusty)
Understudies: David Bryant (Bill, Bumpy, Checkers, Dusty, Emcee, Time Man), Carolyn Byrd (Marsha, Young Irene), Murphy Cross (Dutch's Girl, Judy), Nedra Dixon (Ella), Karen Grannum (Marsha, Young Irene), Charlise Harris (Helen), Millard Hurley (Gene, Gospel Lady's Son), Emme Kemp (Carolyn, Female Nightclub Singer, Gospel Lady, Irene Paige), E. Lynn Nickerson (Charlie, Count, Dutch, Tony, Waiter) and Stanley Ramsey (Jim, Male Nightclub Singer)
Tony Award®
 1976 Best Musical [nominee]
Produced by J. Lloyd Grant, Richard Bell, Robert M. Cooper and Ashton Springer; Produced in association with Moe Septee Inc.
 1976 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Vivian Reed
 1976 Best Choreography [nominee]
Billy Wilson
Theatre World
nominee 1976 Award [recipient]
Chip Garnett
nominee 1976 Award [recipient]
Vivian Reed
Drama Desk Award
 1976 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Barry Preston
winner 1976 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [winner]
Vivian Reed
 1976 Outstanding Choreography [nominee]
Billy Wilson
 1976 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee]
Bernard Johnson