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Brooks Atkinson Theatre , (3/20/1997 - 5/11/1997)
First Preview:Mar 04, 1997 Total Previews:19
Opening Date:Mar 20, 1997   
Closing Date:May 11, 1997 Total Performances:61

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: The Magical Kingdom of Harlem. The Swingin' 40s.

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Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman Emeritus; James L. Nederlander: Chairman; Robert E. Nederlander: President)
Produced by Mitchell Maxwell, Eric Nederlander, Thomas Hall, Hal Luftig, Bruce Lucker, Mike Skipper and Victoria Maxwell; Produced in association with Kery Davis and Alan J. Schuster; Associate Producer: Leon Memoli, David Levy, Nancy Eichorn, Louis F. Raizin, James L. Simon and Fred H. Krones
Originally produced by Old Globe Theatre (Jack O'Brien, Artistic Director; Thomas Hall, Managing Director)
Book by Cheryl L. West; Featuring songs by Duke Ellington; Music arranged by Luther Henderson; Music orchestrated by Luther Henderson; Musical Director: J. Leonard Oxley
Conceived by Sheldon Epps; Directed by Sheldon Epps; Choreographed by Mercedes Ellington
Scenic Design by James Leonard Joy; Costume Design by Marianna Elliot; Lighting Design by Jeff Davis; Sound Design by Jeff Ladman; Hair Design by Alexis Kelley
General Manager: Charlotte W. Wilcox; Company Manager: Susan Sampliner
Production Supervisor: Technical Theater Services, Ltd.; Production Stage Manager: Robert Mark Kalfin; Stage Manager: Lurie Horns Pfeffer, Jimmie Lee Smith and Matthew Aaron Stern; Production Manager: John H. Paull, III and Rhys Williams
Musical Supervisor: Luther Henderson; Musical Coordinator: William Meade; Conducted by J. Leonard Oxley
Creative Consultant: Louis Johnson; Creative Historic Consultant: Frankie Manning; Casting: Pat McCorkle and Tim Sutton; Director of Marketing: Lesley Mazzotta; Press Representative: Richard Kornberg & Associates; Advertising: Russek Advertising; Photographer: Carol Rosegg
Crystal Allen CC
Carl Anderson Duke
Ronald "Cadet" Bastine Denizen of Harlem
Jacquelyn Bird Denizen of Harlem
Yvette Cason Miss Mary
Wendee Lee Curtis Denizen of Harlem
André De Shields Jester
Byron Easley Denizen of Harlem
Cheryl Freeman Vy
Alan H. Green Denizen of Harlem
Frantz G. Hall Denizen of Harlem
Lawrence Hamilton Rev
Larry Marshall Sweets
Gil P. Denizen of Harlem
Lacy Darryl Phillips Denizen of Harlem
Tonya Pinkins Lady Liv
Lisa Scialabba Denizen of Harlem
Erika Vaughn Denizen of Harlem
Karen Callaway Williams Denizen of Harlem
Swings: Germaine Goodson, Bryan S. Haynes, Stacie Precia and William Wesley
Understudies: Wendee Lee Curtis (CC), Alan H. Green (Duke, Rev, Sweets), Frantz G. Hall (Rev), Bryan S. Haynes (Jester), Gil P. (Sweets), Lacy Darryl Phillips (Jester), Stacie Precia (Miss Mary, Vy), Angela Robinson (Lady Liv, Miss Mary, Vy) and William Wesley (Duke)
Tony Award®
 1997 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Tonya Pinkins
 1997 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
André De Shields
 1997 Best Orchestrations [nominee]
Luther Henderson
Drama Desk Award
 1997 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
André De Shields
music by Duke Ellington; lyrics by Duke Ellington
ACT 1Sung By
Take the A Train Vy and Ensemble
Drop Me Off in Harlem Vy and Denizens of Harlem
I've Got To Be A Rug Cutter Jester, Vy and Cotton Club Dancers
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart Duke
C Jam Blues Cotton Club Dancers
Mood Indigo Lady Liv
Don't Get Around Much Anymore Vy and Lady Liv
Don't You Know I Care Rev
It Don't Mean A Thing Jester, Miss Mary, Sweets and Rev
I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good Duke and Vy
Hit Me with a Hot Note and Watch Me Bounce Vy, Duke and Duke's Band
I'm Just a Lucky So and So Jester and Cotton Club Dancers
Everything But You Lady Liv and Vy
Solitude Vy, Duke, Lady Liv and Rev
ACT 2Sung By
Black Butterfly Lady Liv's Escorts
I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues Lady Liv
I'm Beginning To See The Light Rev and Cotton Club Dancers
I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good (Reprise)Rev
I Didn't Know About You Vy
Rocks In My Bed Sweets and Jester
Something To Live For Rev and Lady Liv
Love You Madly Miss Mary and Sweets
Prelude to a Kiss Vy and Duke
In A Mellow Tone Vy, Duke, Lady Liv, Rev and Denizens of Harlem