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Duke Ellington

 
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Date of Birth: April 29, 1899
Date of Death: May 24, 1974 (75)

Birth Place: Washington, DC, USA

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[Broadway, 1993]
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Duke Ellington Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1993 - Outstanding Music in a Play
Duke Ellington, Timon of Athens

Duke Ellington News

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Kicks Off City Center Holiday With Gala Benefit, N Photo Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Kicks Off City Center Holiday With Gala Benefit, November 30
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 28, 2022

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater kicks off its 2022 holiday season engagement with a start-studded one-night only gala benefit on Wednesday, November 30 at 7pm, complete with an exceptional performance at New York City Center followed by a dinner-party at the Ziegfeld Ballroom.

Review: SONGBOOK SUNDAYS Closes Out Spectacular First Season at Dizzy's Club With ALW Photo Review: SONGBOOK SUNDAYS Closes Out Spectacular First Season at Dizzy's Club With ALWAYS, IRVING BERLIN
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 28, 2022

Deborah Grace Winer has done it again: ALWAYS, IRVING BERLIN was the perfect way to close out the first season of SONGBOOK SUNDAYS.

Nicole Henry to Present WHEN I THINK OF HOME at 54 Below in December Photo Nicole Henry to Present WHEN I THINK OF HOME at 54 Below in December
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 28, 2022

54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, will present award-winning jazz vocalist Nicole Henry in WHEN I THINK OF HOME on December 10 & 11 at 7pm.

Kurt Elling and Danilo Perez, Paloma, Frank Perowsky Orchestra, And More Coming Up A Photo Kurt Elling and Danilo Perez, Paloma, Frank Perowsky Orchestra, And More Coming Up At Birdland
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 25, 2022

Get details for all the jazz programming at Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater running November 29 through December 11. 

Josephine Beavers Returns To 54 Below, December 6 And 29 Photo Josephine Beavers Returns To 54 Below, December 6 And 29
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 21, 2022

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, has announced that Josephine Beavers' will return to the club on December 6th¬†and 29th, 2022. Beavers will perform hits from the Great American Songbook, seasonal and holiday favorites including her new single,¬†‚ÄúI Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever.‚Ä̬†

Water Gap Orchestra to Make Morris Museum Debut in December Photo Water Gap Orchestra to Make Morris Museum Debut in December
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 21, 2022

 Making their debut at the Morris Museum, the Water Gap Orchestra will play Duke Ellington's The Nutcracker Suite on Sunday, December 11 at 3:00 PM. The concert will also feature the new Grinch Suite, written by WGJO director, Matt Vashlishan.

Applications Open For The Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship Photo Applications Open For The Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 21, 2022

Theatre Communications Group has opened the application for The Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship! This is a valuable opportunity that we don't want students to miss out on!

NJPAC Announces Lucia Gutierrez Rebolloso as Winner Of Sarah Vaughan International Ja Photo NJPAC Announces Lucia Gutierrez Rebolloso as Winner Of Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition
by Stephi Wild - Nov 21, 2022

At a star-studded, sold-out performance held yesterday afternoon on the NJPAC stage, Lucía Gutiérrez Rebolloso was announced the winner of the 11th Annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. H

Ken Peplowski Quartet, City Rhythm Orchestra, and More to Play Birdland Next Week Photo Ken Peplowski Quartet, City Rhythm Orchestra, and More to Play Birdland Next Week
by Blair Ingenthron - Nov 20, 2022

Birdland Jazz Club has released jazz programming at Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater running November 21 through December 4. Artists appearing at Birdland Jazz Club include the Ken Peplowski Quartet, City Rhythm Orchestra, Paloma, Kurt Elling and Danilo Perez, Paloma and Frank Perowsky Orchestra.

Annual Rob Mathes Holiday Concert Is Back Live And In-Person At The Performing Arts C Photo Annual Rob Mathes Holiday Concert Is Back Live And In-Person At The Performing Arts Center
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 18, 2022

The annual Rob Mathes Holiday Concert is back live and in-person this year at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. Two shows will be presented on Friday, December 16, and Saturday, December 17, at 8:00 p.m.

Duke Ellington Videos

VIDEO: Meet The Women Of BLUES IN THE NIGHT At Porchlight Music Theatre Videoplay
VIDEO: Meet The Women Of BLUES IN THE NIGHT At Porchlight Music Theatre

by Stage Tube - Feb 23, 2022

Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre latest mainstage production the ‚ÄúBest Musical‚ÄĚ Tony Award-nominated Blues in the Night, conceived by Sheldon Epps, with the music of Bessie Smith, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, Gordon Jenkins, Alberta Hunter and others, is now playing through March 13 at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St.

VIDEO: Sneak Peek of BLUES IN THE NIGHT at Ebony Reptertory Theatre Videoplay
VIDEO: Sneak Peek of BLUES IN THE NIGHT at Ebony Reptertory Theatre

by Gigi Gervais - Nov 20, 2021

Set in 1948 in a Chicago hotel that has seen better days, the interwoven stories of BLUES IN THE NIGHT evoke the misery and humor of life, love and the dogged determination to do more than just survive. The drama reveals itself through glorious songs by Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Alberta Hunter, Harold Arlen, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE and Meshell Ndegeocello At The Ke Videoplay
VIDEO: Get A First Look At Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE and Meshell Ndegeocello At The Kennedy Center

by Stage Tube - Sep 23, 2021

Hailed as a ‚Äúmodern dance savior‚ÄĚ by the New York Times, Ronald K. Brown returns to fuse the form, rhythm, and history of African dance with contemporary and urban dance styles. In Mercy, a Kennedy Center co-commission (the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Carolina Performing Arts, UNC Chapel Hill, and The Joyce Theater‚Äôs Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New York), Brown finds an ideal collaborator in visionary vocalist, composer, and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello.

VIDEO: First Look at Signature Theatre's AFTER MIDNIGHT, Streaming Now Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at Signature Theatre's AFTER MIDNIGHT, Streaming Now

by Stage Tube - Jun 14, 2021

Signature Theatre is now streaming its production of After Midnight, beginning today, June 13 and running through August 4, 2021. This exhilarating song and dance extravaganza is set to the swinging sounds of Duke Ellington, Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields, Harold Arlen and more and framed by the poems of Langston Hughes.

VIDEO: Inside Rehearsal For Signature Theatre's AFTER MIDNIGHT Videoplay
VIDEO: Inside Rehearsal For Signature Theatre's AFTER MIDNIGHT

by Stage Tube - Jun 9, 2021

Signature Theatre will present After Midnight, running June 13 ‚Äď August 4, 2021. This exhilarating song and dance extravaganza is set to the swinging sounds of Duke Ellington, Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields, Harold Arlen and more and framed by the poems of Langston Hughes.

Washington National Opera Announces 2021-2022 Season Videoplay
Washington National Opera Announces 2021-2022 Season

by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 13, 2021

Washington National Opera today announced its 2021‚Äď2022 season featuring a triumphant return to the Opera House stage, four world premiere commissions celebrating the Kennedy Center‚Äôs 50th Anniversary, debuts from acclaimed and rising opera stars, the return to the pit for Principal Conductor Evan Rogister and the WNO Orchestra & Chorus, and more.

Celebrating Black History Month: AFTER MIDNIGHT Brings Jazz Back to Broadway Videoplay
Celebrating Black History Month: AFTER MIDNIGHT Brings Jazz Back to Broadway

by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 11, 2021

Today we celebrate Black History Month by taking a closer look at After Midnight. Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, it played for 273 performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The revue is based on Cotton Club Parade, which ran in concert at Encores! in 2011 and 2012. The revue takes place 'after midnight' in New York's Harlem.

VIDEO: Opera Singer Denyce Graves Performs as Part of Memorial For Justice Ruth Bader Videoplay
VIDEO: Opera Singer Denyce Graves Performs as Part of Memorial For Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

by Stage Tube - Sep 26, 2020

Opera singer Denyce Graves recently performed as part of a memorial for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Broadway Rewind: AFTER MIDNIGHT Brings Jazz to Broadway in 2014 Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: AFTER MIDNIGHT Brings Jazz to Broadway in 2014

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 8, 2020

Today we rewind to 2014 to take a closer look at After Midnight, which at the time featured special guest star Vanessa Williams. After Midnight, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, played for 273 performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. 

BWW Exclusive: Watch Linda Lavin Sing from LOVE NOTES! Videoplay
BWW Exclusive: Watch Linda Lavin Sing from LOVE NOTES!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 29, 2020

Club44 Records just released Love Notes, the new album from LINDA LAVIN a?" the Tony Award and Golden Globe winning and Emmy Award nominated stage and screen legend. Love Notes, an elegant and swinging mix of timeless standards, jazz classics and gems of the pop/rock era, is available from iTunes, Amazon, in stores and all streaming platforms.


Duke Ellington Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Duke Ellington written?
Duke Ellington has written 15 shows including Cotton Club Parade (Composer), Jump for Joy (Composer), Blue Holiday (Composer/Lyricist), Beggar's Holiday (Composer), My People (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Pousse-Café (Composer), Bubbling Brown Sugar (Composer/Lyricist), Sophisticated Ladies (Lyricist), Queenie Pie (Composer), Stardust (Composer), A Drum is a Woman (Composer/Lyricist), Play On! (Composer), Dream (Composer/Lyricist), Swing! (Composer/Lyricist), Taking a Chance on Love (Composer).

What awards has Duke Ellington been nominated for?
Outstanding Music in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Timon of Athens .