Longacre Theatre, (3/06/2002 - 3/24/2002)

First Preview: Feb 21, 2002
Opening Date: Mar 06, 2002
Closing Date: Mar 24, 2002
Total Previews: 16
Total Performances: 21

Category: Musical, Revue, Original, Broadway
Setting: 1926. The Lyric Theatre, New Orleans.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Philip J. Smith: President; Robert E. Wankel: Executive Vice President)

Produced by The Williamstown Theatre Festival (Michael Ritchie, Producer); Produced in association with Bob Boyett; Associate Producer: Lisa Albright

Book by Vernel Bagneris; Music arranged by Lars Edegran and Orange Kellin; Vocal arrangements by Lars Edegran and Topsy Chapman

Directed by Vernel Bagneris; Choreographed by Eddie D. Robinson

Scenic Design by Campbell Baird; Costume Design by Toni-Leslie James; Lighting Design by John McKernon; Sound Design by Kurt Kellenberger; Wig Maker/Hair Designer: Bettie O. Rogers; Associate Costume Design: Bonnie McCoy

General Manager: Albert Poland; Company Manager: Rick Shulman

Technical Supervisor: Neil Mazzella; Production Stage Manager: Grayson Meritt; Stage Manager: Leila Knox

Musical Supervisor: Orange Kellin; Music performed by The New Orleans Blue Serenaders; Trumpet: Mark Braud; Piano: Conal Fowkes; Clarinet: Orange Kellin; Tuba: Walter Payton; Drums & Percussion: Kenneth Sara

Creative Consultant: Pepsi Bethel; Casting: Amy Christopher; Marketing: The Walton Group; Press Representative: The Pete Sanders Group and Pete Sanders; Special Marketing: Irene Gandy; Dance Captain: Enga Davis; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Photographer: Carol Rosegg; Press Associate: Glenna Freedman

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Opening Night Cast

Vernel BagnerisPapa Du
B.J. CrosbyMa Reed
Roz RyanBertha
Rosalind BrownThelma
Wally DunnTheatre Owner

Standby: John Ahlin (Theatre Owner), Enga Davis (Thelma) and Eugene Fleming (Papa Du)

Songs



ACT 1 Sung By
Darktown Strutters Ball
(music by Shelton Brooks; lyrics by Shelton Brooks )
Band Solo
Honky Tonky Town
(music by Charles McCarron and Chris Smith; lyrics by Charles McCarron and Chris Smith )
Papa Du, Ma Reed and Thelma
Kiss Me Sweet
(music by Armand J. Piron and Steve J. Lewis; lyrics by Armand J. Piron and Steve J. Lewis )
Papa Du and Thelma
Don't Turn Your Back on Me
(music by Andy Razaf and Clarence Williams; lyrics by Andy Razaf and Clarence Williams )
Bertha
Jenny's Ball
(music by Quenton Redd; lyrics by Quenton Redd )
Ma Reed
Cake-Walking Babies
(music by Henry Troy, Chris Smith and Clarence Williams; lyrics by Henry Troy, Chris Smith and Clarence Williams )
Papa Du, Ma Reed and Thelma
I've Got What It Takes
(music by Hezekiah Jenkins and Clarence Williams; lyrics by Hezekiah Jenkins and Clarence Williams )
Thelma
See See Rider
(music by Ma Rainey; lyrics by Ma Rainey )
Ma Reed
He's in the Jailhouse Now
(music by Toots Davis and Ed Stafford; lyrics by Toots Davis and Ed Stafford )
Papa Du
He's Funny That Way
(music by Neil Moret; lyrics by Richard A. Whiting )
Thelma
Tiger Rag
(music by Edwin B. Edwards, James D. LaRocca, W.H. Ragas, Anthony Sbarbaro and Larry Shields; lyrics by Richard A. Whiting )
Band Solo
Kitchen Man
(music by Andy Razaf and Alex Bellenda; lyrics by Andy Razaf and Alex Bellenda )
Bertha
Wait Till You See My Baby Do the Charleston
(music by Rousseau Semmois, Clarence Todd and Clarence Williams; lyrics by Rousseau Semmois, Clarence Todd and Clarence Williams )
Ma Reed, Bertha and Thelma
ACT 2 Sung By
Muskrat Ramble
(music by Edward "Kid" Ory; lyrics by Rousseau Semmois, Clarence Todd and Clarence Williams )
Band Solo
Black Bottom
(music by Ray Henderson and B.G. DeSylva; lyrics by Lew Brown )
Papa Du, Ma Reed and Bertha
Louise LouiseBand Solo
Get On Out of Here (The Party)
(music by Wesley Wilson; lyrics by Wesley Wilson )
Papa Du, Ma Reed, Bertha and Thelma
Weary Blues (Shake It and Break It)
(music by Artie Matthews; lyrics by Artie Matthews )
Band Solo
New Orleans Hop Scop Blues
(music by George W. Thomas; lyrics by George W. Thomas )
Papa Du
Hindustan
(music by Oliver G. Wallace and H. Weeks; lyrics by Oliver G. Wallace and H. Weeks )
Band Solo
What It Takes to Bring You Back
(music by Spencer Williams; lyrics by Spencer Williams )
Papa Du and Bertha
Everybody Loves My Baby
(music by Spencer Williams; lyrics by Jack Palmer )
Thelma
Right Key But the Wrong Keyhole
(music by Eddie Green and Clarence Williams; lyrics by Eddie Green and Clarence Williams )
Bertha
After You've Gone
(music by J. Turner Layton; lyrics by Henry Creamer )
Ma Reed
My Man Blues
(music by Bessie Smith; lyrics by Bessie Smith )
Bertha and Thelma
Papa De Da Da
(music by Spencer Williams, Clarence Williams and Clarence Todd; lyrics by Spencer Williams, Clarence Williams and Clarence Todd )
Papa Du, Ma Reed, Bertha and Thelma
Muddy Water
(music by Harry Richman and Peter De Rose; lyrics by Jo Trent )
Ma Reed and Bertha
A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
(music by Theo A. Metz; lyrics by Theo A. Metz )
Papa Du, Ma Reed, Bertha and Thelma

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Longacre Theatre

(3/6/2002 - 3/24/2002)

Cast

Carol Woods
Bertha


Standbys: Aisha de Haas (Bertha, Ma Reed).


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