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Minskoff Theatre , (1/26/1989 - 1/20/1991)
First Preview:Dec 27, 1988 Total Previews:32
Opening Date:Jan 26, 1989   
Closing Date:Jan 20, 1991 Total Performances:829

Category: Musical, Revue, Original, Broadway


Production Staff [Collapse]
Theatre Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; Robert E. Nederlander: President; Arthur Rubin: Vice-President); Theatre Owned / Operated by Minskoff Organization
Produced by Mel Howard and Donald K. Donald; Associate Producer: Marilynn LeVine
Originally created at Theatre Musical de Paris
Music orchestrated by Sy Johnson; Music arranged by Sy Johnson; Additional arrangements by Luther Henderson; Additional orchestrations by Luther Henderson; Featuring songs by Ellas McDaniel ("I'm a Woman"), W. C. Handy ("St. Louis Blues"), Spencer Williams ("Everybody Loves My Baby", "Royal Garden Blues"), Clarence Williams ("Royal Garden Blues"), J. Turner Layton ("After You've Gone"), Andy Razaf ("If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' on It"), Alex Hill ("If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' on It"), Louis Armstrong ("I Want a Big Butter and Egg Man"), Percy Venable ("I Want a Big Butter and Egg Man"), Jimmy McHugh ("I Can't Give You Anything But Love"), Doc Daugherty ("I'm Confession"), Ellis Reynolds ("I'm Confession"), Duke Ellington ("Black and Tan Fantasy", "Come Sunday", "Daybreak Express", "In a Sentimental Mood", "East St. Louis Toodle-oo", "Mystery Song"), Bubber Miley ("Black and Tan Fantasy", "East St. Louis Toodle-oo"), Jimmie Lunceford ("Rhythm Is Our Business"), Saul Chaplin ("Rhythm Is Our Business"), Porter Grainger ("T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do"), Everett Robbins ("T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do"), Thomas "Fats" Waller ("That Rhythm Man", "Black and Blue"), Harry Brooks ("That Rhythm Man"), John Green ("Body and Soul"), Harry Akst ("Am I Blue"), Benny Goodman ("Stompin' at the Savoy"), Chick Webb ("Stompin' at the Savoy"), Edgar Sampson ("Stompin' at the Savoy"), Eubie Blake ("Memories of You"), Leslie Johnakins ("Wednesday Night Hop"), Andy Kirk ("Wednesday Night Hop"), Harold Arlen ("I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues"), Big Maybelle Smith ("Cry Like a Baby"), Sy Johnson ("Swinging") and Leroy Kirkland ("Cry Like a Baby"); Featuring songs with lyrics by Henry Creamer ("After You've Gone"), Ellas McDaniel ("I'm a Woman"), Jack Palmer ("Everybody Loves My Baby"), Andy Razaf ("If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' on It", "That Rhythm Man", "Black and Blue", "Stompin' at the Savoy", "Memories of You"), Dorothy Fields ("I Can't Give You Anything But Love"), Al J. Nieburg ("I'm Confession"), Manny Curtis ("In a Sentimental Mood"), Irving Mills ("In a Sentimental Mood", "Mystery Song"), Sammy Cahn ("Rhythm Is Our Business"), Porter Grainger ("T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do"), Everett Robbins ("T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do"), Harry Brooks ("Black and Blue"), Edward Heyman ("Body and Soul"), Robert Sour ("Body and Soul"), Frank Eyton ("Body and Soul"), Leslie Johnakins ("Wednesday Night Hop"), Andy Kirk ("Wednesday Night Hop"), Ted Koehler ("I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues"), Big Maybelle Smith ("Cry Like a Baby"), Alex Hill ("If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' on It"), W. C. Handy ("St. Louis Blues"), Grant Clarke ("Am I Blue") and Leroy Kirkland ("Cry Like a Baby")
Conceived by Claudio Segovia and Héctor Orezzoli; Directed by Claudio Segovia and Héctor Orezzoli; Choreographed by Cholly Atkins, Henry LeTang, Frankie Manning and Fayard Nicholas; Assistant Choreographer: Dianne Walker
Scenery conceived by Claudio Segovia and Héctor Orezzoli; Costumes conceived by Claudio Segovia and Héctor Orezzoli; Lighting conceived by Claudio Segovia and Héctor Orezzoli; Lighting Design by Neil Peter Jampolis and Jane Reisman; Sound Design by Abe Jacob; Hair Design by Jean-Luc Don Vito; Make-Up Design by Jean-Luc Don Vito; Scenic Assistant: Mina Albergo and Laura Brock; Assistant Lighting Design: Douglas Cox; Asst. to Mr. Jacobs: Cathy E. Kabat and Jonathan Weston
General Manager: Norman Rothstein and Robert A. Buckley; Associate Gen. Mgr: Julie Crosby
Production Stage Manager: Alan Hall; Technical Supervisor: Peter Fulbright; Stage Manager: Ruth E. Rinklin; Assistant Stage Mgr: Jack Gianino, Tamara K. Heeschen and Jim Badrak
Conducted by Leonard Oxley; Guitar: Billy Butler; Clarinet: Bill Easley and Haywood Henry; Bass: Al McKibbon; Piano: Sir Roland Hanna and Leonard Oxley; Trumpet: Stephen Furtaldo, Virgil Jones, Jake Porter and Emory Thompson; Alto Saxophone: Jerome Richardson; Drums: Grady Tate; Violin: Claude Williams; Trombone: Britt Woodman; Musical Coordinator: Red Press; Musical Supervisor: Sy Johnson
Pianos courtesy of Baldwin
Press Representative: P.R. Partners; Casting: Hughes / Moss Casting; Advertising: Nappi / Eliran Advertising, Ltd.; Logo Design by Juan Gatti; Photographer: Martha Swope and Ken Howard; Casting Associate: Jessica Gilburne; Production Assistant: Nadine Aronson and Amanda Sutton; Asst. to Technical Supervisor: C. Barrack Evans
Cast
Ruth Brown Singer
Linda Hopkins Singer
Carrie Smith Singer
Frederick J. Boothe Dancer
Bunny Briggs Hoofer
Ralph Brown Hoofer
Lon Chaney Hoofer
Rashamella Cumbo Dancer
Eugene Fleming Dancer
Tanya Gibson Dancer
Cyd Glover Younger Generation
Savion Glover Younger Generation
Germaine Goodson Dancer
Angela Hall Dancer
Kyme Dancer
Ted Levy Dancer
Valerie Macklin Dancer
Bernard Manners Dancer
Deborah Mitchell Dancer
Van Porter Dancer
Kevin Ramsey Dancer
Ken Roberson Dancer
Jimmy Slyde Hoofer
Valerie E. Smith Dancer
Dormeshia Sumbry Younger Generation
Dianne Walker Hoofer
Melvin Washington Dancer
Standbys: Melba Joyce (Singer) and Tarik Winston (Younger Generation)
Tony Award®
 1989 Best Musical [nominee]
Produced by Mel Howard and Donald K. Donald
winner 1989 Best Actress in a Musical [winner]
Ruth Brown
 1989 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Linda Hopkins
 1989 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Bunny Briggs
 1989 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Savion Glover
 1989 Best Scenic Design [nominee]
Claudio Segovia
 1989 Best Scenic Design [nominee]
Héctor Orezzoli
winner 1989 Best Costume Design [winner]
Claudio Segovia
winner 1989 Best Costume Design [winner]
Héctor Orezzoli
 1989 Best Lighting Design [nominee]
Neil Peter Jampolis
 1989 Best Lighting Design [nominee]
Jane Reisman
winner 1989 Best Choreography [winner]
Cholly Atkins
winner 1989 Best Choreography [winner]
Henry LeTang
winner 1989 Best Choreography [winner]
Frankie Manning
winner 1989 Best Choreography [winner]
Fayard Nicholas
 1989 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee]
Claudio Segovia
 1989 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee]
Héctor Orezzoli
Drama Desk Award
 1989 Outstanding Musical [nominee]
Produced by Mel Howard and Donald K. Donald
 1989 Outstanding Lighting Design [nominee]
Jane Reisman
 1989 Outstanding Lighting Design [nominee]
Neil Peter Jampolis

ACT 1Sung By
I'm a Woman
(music by Ellas McDaniel; lyrics by Ellas McDaniel)
Linda, Ruth and Carrie
Royal Garden Blues
(music by S. Williams and C. Williams)
The Musicians
St. Louis Blues
(music by W. C. Handy; lyrics by W. C. Handy)
Ruth
Everybody Loves My Baby
(music by Spencer Williams; lyrics by Jack Palmer)
The Dancers
After You've Gone
(music by J. Turner Layton; lyrics by Henry Creamer)
Linda, Bernard and The Male Dancers
If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' on It
(music by Andy Razaf and Alex Hill; lyrics by Andy Razaf and Alex Hill)
Ruth
I Want a Big Butter and Egg Man
(music by Percy Venable and Louis Armstrong)
Carrie, Kevin, Ted and Eugene
Rhythm Is Our Business
(music by Jimmie Lunceford and Saul Chaplin; lyrics by Sammy Cahn)
Savion, Cyd and Dormeshia
Mystery Song
(music by Duke Ellington; lyrics by Irving Mills)
Tanya, Rashamella and Valerie Smith
Stompin' at the Savoy
(music by Benny Goodman, Chick Webb and Edgar Sampson; lyrics by Andy Razaf)
Jimmy
I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues
(music by Harold Arlen; lyrics by Ted Koehler)
Carrie
Black and Tan Fantasy
(music by Duke Ellington and Bubber Miley)
Bunny and The Dancers
Come Sunday
(music by Duke Ellington)
Linda
Daybreak Express
(music by Duke Ellington)
The Musicians
T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
(music by Porter Grainger and Everett Robbins; lyrics by Porter Grainger and Everett Robbins)
Ruth and Linda
That Rhythm Man
(music by Thomas "Fats" Waller and Harry Brooks; lyrics by Andy Razaf)
The Dancers
ACT 2Sung By
Swinging
(music by Sy Johnson)
The Dancers
Wednesday Night Hop
(music by Leslie Johnakins and Andy Kirk; lyrics by Leslie Johnakins and Andy Kirk)
The Dancers
Cry Like a Baby
(music by Big Maybelle Smith and Leroy Kirkland; lyrics by Big Maybelle Smith and Leroy Kirkland)
Linda
Memories of You
(music by Eubie Blake; lyrics by Andy Razaf)
Diane, Bernard and Kevin
Body and Soul
(music by John Green; lyrics by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour and Frank Eyton)
Ruth
I'm Confession'
(music by Doc Daugherty and Ellis Reynolds; lyrics by Al J. Nieburg)
Kyme, Bernard, Kevin, Fred and Ted
East St. Louis Toodle-oo
(music by Duke Ellington and Bubber Miley)
Ralph and Lon
Am I Blue
(music by Harry Akst; lyrics by Grant Clarke)
Carrie
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
(music by Jimmy McHugh; lyrics by Dorothy Fields)
Angela, Eugene and The Dancers
In a Sentimental Mood
(music by Duke Ellington; lyrics by Manny Curtis and Irving Mills)
Bunny
Black and Blue
(music by Thomas "Fats" Waller; lyrics by Andy Razaf and Harry Brooks)
Ruth, Linda, Carrie, Jimmy and Bunny