Brooks Atkinson Theatre, (3/20/1997 - 5/11/1997)

First Preview: Mar 04, 1997
Opening Date: Mar 20, 1997
Closing Date: May 11, 1997
Total Previews: 19
Total Performances: 61

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

Opening Night Production Staff

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

Conceived by Sheldon Epps; Directed by Sheldon Epps; Choreographed by Mercedes Ellington

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

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

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Opening Night Cast

Crystal AllenCC
Carl AndersonDuke
Ronald 'Cadet' BastineDenizen of Harlem
Jacquelyn BirdDenizen of Harlem
Yvette CasonMiss Mary
Wendee Lee CurtisDenizen of Harlem
André De ShieldsJester
Byron EasleyDenizen of Harlem
Cheryl FreemanVy
Alan H. GreenDenizen of Harlem
Frantz G. HallDenizen of Harlem
Lawrence HamiltonRev
Larry MarshallSweets
Gil P.Denizen of Harlem
Lacy Darryl PhillipsDenizen of Harlem
Tonya PinkinsLady Liv
Lisa ScialabbaDenizen of Harlem
Erika VaughnDenizen of Harlem
Karen Callaway WilliamsDenizen 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)

Awards and Nominations

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

Songs

music by Duke Ellington; lyrics by Duke Ellington
(Unless otherwise noted)


ACT 1 Sung 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 CutterJester, 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 BluesCotton 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 2 Sung 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 BedSweets and Jester
Something To Live For
(lyrics by Billy Strayhorn)
Rev and Lady Liv
Love You MadlyMiss 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
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