Sophisticated Ladies

Opened: March 1, 1981
Closing: January 02, 1983

Sophisticated Ladies - 1981 - Broadway History , Info & More

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (Broadway)
205 West 46th St. New York, NY

The musical legacy of Duke Ellington, considered amongst the world's greatest composers and musicians, is celebrated in this stylish and brassy retrospective that has taken audiences and critics alike by storm throughout the world. Memorable music and incredible dancing transport you into the Grand Duke's world. Sophisticated Ladies is a glorious recreation of the Duke Ellington big band sound, featuring his most famous numbers from the infamous speakeasy era of the Cotton Club, the Harlem Renaissance, art deco, and high society, including:

"It Don't Mean a Thing, If It Ain't Got That Swing," "Take the 'A' Train," "Satin Doll," and the haunting "In a Sentimental Mood." This is the eye-­?popping, foot-­?stomping, Tony Award-­?winning musical extravaganza that will send you into jazz heaven. It's an unforgettable celebration of the genius of Duke Ellington, brought to vibrant life with amazing talent, a sensational big band orchestra, sparkling staging, and all the lights and colors of Broadway!

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Music Is a Woman
Hit Me with a Hot Note and Watch Me Bounce
I Love You Madly
Fat and Forty (You're My Meat)
Cotton Tail
Something to Live For
Old Man Blues
Drop Me Off in Harlem
C Jam Blues
Duke's Place
Diminuendo in Blue
In a Sentimental Mood
I'm Beginning to See the Light
Dancers in Love
Echoes of Harlem
I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So
Hey Babe
Imagine My Frustration
Kinda Dukish
I'm Checking Out Goombye
Do Nothing 'Til You Hear from Me
Mood Indigo
Jubilee Stomp
The Blues I Love to Sing
Black Beauty
King of the Magi
Warm Valley
Tell Me It's the Truth
Praise God and Dance
My Love
Everything but You
Five O'Clock Drag
It Don't Mean a Thing
Take the 'A' Train
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Just Squeeze Me
I Got It Bad
Sophisticated Lady
Rockin' in Rhythm
I've Got to Be a Rug Cutter
The Mooche
East St. Louis Toodle-oo
Doin' the Skrontch
I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
Doin' the Crazy Walk
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Prelude to a Kiss
Black and Tan Fantasy
Creole Love Call
A Drum Is a Woman
Rhythm Pum Te Dum
Brown-Skinned Gal in the Calico Gown
Come Sunday
Sophisticated Ladies has had 3 productions including Broadway which opened in 1981, Broadway which opened in 1981 and US Tour which opened in 1982.
Best Musical , , Best Choreography for Henry le Tan, Best Choreography for Donald McKayle, Best Choreography for Michael Smuin, Best Costume Design for Willa KimBest Direction of a Musical for Michael Smuin and Best Lighting Design for Jennifer Tipton.
Best Choreography for Henry le Tan, Best Choreography for Donald McKayle, Best Choreography for Michael Smuin, Best Costume Design for Willa Kim, Best Direction of a Musical for Michael Smuin, Best Lighting Design for Jennifer Tipton, .



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