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Rialto Theatre , (6/02/1982 - 7/18/1982)
First Preview:May 20, 1982 Total Previews:13
Opening Date:Jun 02, 1982   
Closing Date:Jul 18, 1982 Total Performances:53

Category: Musical, Revue, Original, Broadway
Setting: A hotel in Chicago...1938.


Production Staff [Collapse]
Theatre Operated by Loubern Broadway, Inc.
Produced by Mitchell Maxwell, Alan J. Schuster, Fred H. Krones and Mē Entertainment, Inc.; Associate Producer: Joshua Silver and Elaine Brownstein
Musical Director: Chapman Roberts; Vocal arrangements by Chapman Roberts; Co - Musical Dir.: Sy Johnson; Music arranged by Sy Johnson; Music orchestrated by Sy Johnson; Additional Vocal Arrangements by Sy Johnson; Featuring songs by Bessie Smith ("Blue Blue", "It Makes My Love Come Down", "Dirty No Gooder Blues", "Reckless Blues", "Wasted Life Blues", "Baby Doll"), Willard Robison ("Four Walls (and One Dirty Window) Blues"), Harry Revel ("I've Got a Date With a Dream"), Harry Link ("These Foolish Things Remind Me of You"), Jack Strachey ("These Foolish Things Remind Me of You"), Geo. W. Thomas ("New Orleans Hop Scop Blues"), Charlie Davis ("Copenhagen"), Ida Cox ("Wild Women Don't Have the Blues"), Jimmy Davis ("Lover Man"), Roger "Ram" Ramirez ("Lover Man"), Jimmy Sherman ("Lover Man"), Leola Wilson ("Take Me For a Buggy Ride"), Wesley Wilson ("Take Me For a Buggy Ride"), Ann Ronell ("Willow Weep for Me"), Andy Razaf ("Kitchen Man"), Alex Bellenda ("Kitchen Man"), Vernon Duke ("Low"), Milton Drake ("Low"), Ben Oakland ("Low"), H. Grey ("Take It Right Back"), Harold Arlen ("Blues In the Night", "I Gotta Right To Sing the Blues"), Bernard Hanighen ("When a Woman Loves a Man"), Gordon Jenkins ("When a Woman Loves a Man"), Harry Akst ("Am I Blue"), Alberta Hunter ("Rough and Ready Man") and Jimmy Cox ("Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"); Featuring songs with lyrics by Bessie Smith ("Blue Blue", "It Makes My Love Come Down", "Dirty No Gooder Blues", "Reckless Blues", "Wasted Life Blues", "Baby Doll"), Willard Robison ("Four Walls (and One Dirty Window) Blues"), Mack Gordon ("I've Got a Date With a Dream"), Holt Marvell ("These Foolish Things Remind Me of You"), Geo. W. Thomas ("New Orleans Hop Scop Blues"), Walter Melrose ("Copenhagen"), Ida Cox ("Wild Women Don't Have the Blues"), Jimmy Davis ("Lover Man"), Roger "Ram" Ramirez ("Lover Man"), Jimmy Sherman ("Lover Man"), Leola Wilson ("Take Me For a Buggy Ride"), Wesley Wilson ("Take Me For a Buggy Ride"), Ann Ronell ("Willow Weep for Me"), Andy Razaf ("Kitchen Man"), Alex Bellenda ("Kitchen Man"), Vernon Duke ("Low"), Milton Drake ("Low"), Ben Oakland ("Low"), H. Grey ("Take It Right Back"), Johnny Mercer ("Blues In the Night", "When a Woman Loves a Man"), Grant Clarke ("Am I Blue"), Alberta Hunter ("Rough and Ready Man"), Jimmy Cox ("Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out") and Ted Koehler ("I Gotta Right To Sing the Blues")
Conceived by Sheldon Epps; Directed by Sheldon Epps
Scenic Design by John Falabella; Costume Design by David Murin; Lighting Design by Ken Billington; Sound Design by Bill Merrill; Associate Lighting Design: Jeff Davis
General Manager: Mē Entertainment, Inc.; Company Manager: Paul Matwiow
Production Stage Manager: Zoya Wyeth; Stage Manager: William D. Buxton, Jr.; Assistant Stage Mgr: David Brunetti
Musical Supervisor: Chapman Roberts; Conducted by Charles Coleman
Casting: Chapman Roberts and Jim Pitt; General Press Representative: Jacksina and Freedman; Advertising: Serino, Coyne & Nappi; Poster and Graphics: Todd Ruff; Assistant to the Director: Gary Easterling
Cast
Jean Du Shon Woman #3
Debbie Shapiro Woman #2
Leslie Uggams Woman #1
Charles Coleman Saloon Singer
Standbys: David Brunetti (Saloon Singer) and Ann Duquesnay (Woman #1, Woman #2, Woman #3)
Tony Award®
 1983 Best Musical [nominee]
Produced by Mitchell Maxwell, Alan J. Schuster, Fred H. Krones and Mē Entertainment, Inc.

ACT 1Sung By
Blue Blue
(music by Bessie Smith; lyrics by Bessie Smith)
The Company
Four Walls (and One Dirty Window) Blues
(music by Willard Robison; lyrics by Willard Robison)
Saloon Singer
I've Got a Date With a Dream
(music by Harry Revel; lyrics by Mack Gordon)
Woman #1 and Woman #2
These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You
(music by Harry Link and Jack Strachey; lyrics by Holt Marvell)
Woman #1
New Orleans Hop Scop Blues
(music by Geo. W. Thomas; lyrics by Geo. W. Thomas)
Woman #3
It Makes My Love Come Down
(music by Bessie Smith; lyrics by Bessie Smith)
Woman #1, Woman #2 and Woman #3
Copenhagen
(music by Charlie Davis; lyrics by Walter Melrose)
Woman #2
Wild Women Don't Have the Blues
(music by Ida Cox; lyrics by Ida Cox)
Saloon Singer
Lover Man
(music by Jimmy Davis, Roger "Ram" Ramirez and Jimmy Sherman; lyrics by Jimmy Davis, Roger "Ram" Ramirez and Jimmy Sherman)
Woman #1
Take Me for a Buggy Ride
(music by Leola Wilson and Wesley Wilson; lyrics by Leola Wilson and Wesley Wilson)
Woman #3
Willow Weep for Me
(music by Ann Ronell; lyrics by Ann Ronell)
Woman #2
Kitchen Man
(music by Andy Razaf and Alex Bellenda; lyrics by Andy Razaf and Alex Bellenda)
Woman #3
Low
(music by Vernon Duke, Milton Drake and Ben Oakland; lyrics by Vernon Duke, Milton Drake and Ben Oakland)
Woman #1
Take It Right Back
(music by H. Grey; lyrics by H. Grey)
Woman #1, Woman #2 and Woman #3
ACT 2Sung By
Wild Women Don't Have the Blues (Reprise)
(music by Ida Cox; lyrics by Ida Cox)
The Band
Blues in the Night
(music by Harold Arlen; lyrics by Johnny Mercer)
Woman #1 and Woman #2
Dirty No Gooder Blues
(music by Bessie Smith; lyrics by Bessie Smith)
Woman #3
When a Woman Loves a Man
(music by Bernard Hanighen and Gordon Jenkins; lyrics by Johnny Mercer)
Saloon Singer
Am I Blue
(music by Harry Akst; lyrics by Grant Clarke)
Woman #1, Woman #2 and Woman #3
Rough and Ready Man
(music by Alberta Hunter; lyrics by Alberta Hunter)
Woman #1
Reckless Blues
(music by Bessie Smith; lyrics by Bessie Smith)
Woman #2
Wasted Life Blues
(music by Bessie Smith; lyrics by Bessie Smith)
Woman #3
Baby Doll
(music by Bessie Smith; lyrics by Bessie Smith)
Saloon Singer
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
(music by Jimmy Cox; lyrics by Jimmy Cox)
Woman #1, Woman #2 and Woman #3
I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
(music by Harold Arlen; lyrics by Ted Koehler)
Woman #1, Woman #2 and Woman #3
Blue Blue (Reprise)
(music by Bessie Smith; lyrics by Bessie Smith)
Woman #1, Woman #2 and Woman #3
Blues in the Night (Reprise)
(music by Harold Arlen; lyrics by Johnny Mercer)
Woman #1, Woman #2 and Woman #3