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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; With the songs of Duke Ellington; Music arranged by Luther Henderson; Music orchestrated by Luther Henderson; Musical Director: J. Leonard Oxley; Featuring songs by Billy Strayhorn, Don George, Harry James, Johnny Hodges, Ben Carruthers, Irving Mills, Albany "Barney" Bigard, Irving Gordon, Eddie de Lange, Henry Nemo and John Redmond; Featuring songs with lyrics by Billy Strayhorn, Don George, Harry James, Mack David, Johnny Hodges, Ben Carruthers, Irving Mills, Milton Gabler, Nick Kenny, Albany "Barney" Bigard, Irving Gordon, Eddie de Lange, Henry Nemo, John Redmond, Bob Russell and Paul Francis Webster
Conceived by Sheldon Epps; Directed by Sheldon Epps; Choreographed by Mercedes Ellington; Assistant Choreographer: Delphine T. Mantz
Scenic Design by James Leonard Joy; Costume Design by Marianna Elliott; Lighting Design by Jeff Davis; Sound Design by Jeff Ladman; Hair Design by Alexis Kelley; Assistant Scenic Design: Todd Ivins, Nikita Polyansky and Peter Yesair
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; Assistant Conductor: George Caldwell
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, Rick Miramontez, Jim Byk and Don Summa; Advertising: Russek Advertising; Photographer: Carol Rosegg
Cast
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
(Unless otherwise noted)
 

ACT 1Sung By
Take the A Train
(music by Billy Strayhorn; lyrics by Billy Strayhorn)
Vy and Ensemble
Drop Me Off in Harlem
(lyrics by Nick Kenny)
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
(music by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Henry Nemo and John Redmond; lyrics by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Henry Nemo and John Redmond)
Duke
C Jam Blues Cotton Club Dancers
Mood Indigo
(music by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Albany "Barney" Bigard; lyrics by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Albany "Barney" Bigard)
Lady Liv
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
(lyrics by Bob Russell)
Vy and Lady Liv
Don't You Know I Care
(lyrics by Mack David)
Rev
It Don't Mean A Thing
(lyrics by Irving Mills)
Jester, Miss Mary, Sweets and Rev
I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
(lyrics by Paul Francis Webster)
Duke and Vy
Hit Me with a Hot Note and Watch Me Bounce
(lyrics by Don George)
Vy, Duke and Duke's Band
I'm Just a Lucky So and So
(lyrics by Mack David)
Jester and Cotton Club Dancers
Everything But You
(music by Duke Ellington, Don George and Harry James; lyrics by Duke Ellington, Don George and Harry James)
Lady Liv and Vy
Solitude
(music by Duke Ellington, Eddie de Lange and Irving Mills; lyrics by Duke Ellington, Eddie de Lange and Irving Mills)
Vy, Duke, Lady Liv and Rev
ACT 2Sung By
Black Butterfly
(music by Duke Ellington, Ben Carruthers and Irving Mills; lyrics by Duke Ellington, Ben Carruthers and Irving Mills)
Lady Liv's Escorts
I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues
(lyrics by Don George)
Lady Liv
I'm Beginning To See The Light
(music by Don George, Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington and Harry James; lyrics by Don George, Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington and Harry James)
Rev and Cotton Club Dancers
I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good (Reprise)
(lyrics by Paul Francis Webster)
Rev
I Didn't Know About You
(lyrics by Bob Russell)
Vy
Rocks In My Bed Sweets and Jester
Something To Live For
(lyrics by Billy Strayhorn)
Rev and Lady Liv
Love You Madly Miss Mary and Sweets
Prelude to a Kiss
(music by Duke Ellington, Irving Gordon and Irving Mills; lyrics by Duke Ellington, Irving Gordon and Irving Mills)
Vy and Duke
In A Mellow Tone
(lyrics by Milton Gabler)
Vy, Duke, Lady Liv, Rev and Denizens of Harlem