Me and Bessie

A Musical Evening

Ambassador Theatre, (10/22/1975 - 11/29/1975)
Edison Theatre, (12/03/1975 - 12/05/1976)

First Preview: Oct 18, 1975
Opening Date: Oct 22, 1975
Closing Date: Dec 05, 1976
Total Previews: 2
Total Performances: 453

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Comments: Played in rep with Oh! Calcutta! from 09/24/1976 to 12/5/1976

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)

Produced by Lee Apostoleris

Originally produced by Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum (Gordon Davidson, Artistic Director) and Lee Apostoleris

Musical Director: Howlett Smith; Conceived by Will Holt and Linda Hopkins; Book by Will Holt and Linda Hopkins; Featuring songs by D. Akers, Eddie Green, Graham Prince, J. Henry, Joseph Hayden, Lil Green and Theodore M. Metz

Directed by Robert Greenwald; Special Dance Sequences by Lester Wilson

Scenic Design by Donald Harris; Lighting Design by Tharon Musser; Costume Design by Pete Menefee

General Manager: Emanuel Azenberg; Company Manager: Jose Véga and Susan Bell

Production Stage Manager: Martin Herzer; Stage Manager: Bethe Ward

Conducted by Howlett Smith; Musical Coordinator: Earl Shendell

General Press Representative: The Merlin Group, Ltd.; Press Representative: Sandy Manley; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company

Opening Night Cast

Linda HopkinsBessie Smith
Gerri DeanWoman
Lester WilsonMan

Understudies: Thomas M. Pollard (Man) and Alfre Woodard (Woman)

Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Award

 1976 Unique Theatrical Experience [nominee] 

Linda Hopkins


I Feel Good
God Shall Wipe All Tears Away
Moan You Mourners
New Orleans Hop Scop Blues
Romance in the Dark
(music by Lil Green; lyrics by Lil Green )
Preach Them Blues
(music by Bessie Smith; lyrics by Bessie Smith )
A Good Man Is Hard To Find
(music by Eddie Green; lyrics by Eddie Green )
T'Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do
(music by Porter Grainger, Clarence Williams and Graham Prince; lyrics by Porter Grainger, Clarence Williams and Graham Prince )
Gimme a Pigfoot
(music by Wesley Wilson; lyrics by Wesley Wilson )
Put It Right Here
(music by Porter Grainger; lyrics by Porter Grainger )
You've Been a Good Ole Wagon
(music by J. Henry; lyrics by J. Henry )
Trombone Cholly
Jazzbo Brown
After You've Gone
(music by J. Turner Layton; lyrics by Henry Creamer )
There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
(music by Joseph Hayden and Theodore M. Metz; lyrics by Joseph Hayden and Theodore M. Metz )
Empty Bed Blues
(music by J. C. Johnson; lyrics by J. C. Johnson )
Kitchen Man
(music by Alex Belledna; lyrics by Andy Razaf )
Mama Don't 'Low
Do Your Duty
(music by Wesley Wilson; lyrics by Wesley Wilson )
Fare Thee Well
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
(music by Jimmy Cox; lyrics by Jimmy Cox )
(music by D. Akers; lyrics by D. Akers )
The Man's All Right

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Ambassador Theatre

(10/22/1975 - 11/29/1975)


Thomas M. Pollard

Edison Theatre

(12/3/1975 - 12/5/1976)

General Manager: Maria Di Dia; Company Manager: James Fiore.

Production Stage Manager: Lani Sundsten; Stage Manager: Sam Stickler.

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