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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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by Stephi Wild - Sep 2, 2021
American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University announced today the creative team and company of artists for the live premiere of Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic. Tickets are on sale for The New York Times Critic's Pick featuring Casel and an ensemble of dancers and musicians and directed by Torya Beard.  
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 2, 2021
Boston Conservatory at Berklee has named educator and artist Jermaine Hill as assistant chair of theater. Hill comes to the Conservatory from the musical theater program at Columbia College Chicago, where he instituted a national search for new musicals written by historically marginalized writers and composers.
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 17, 2021
Tony Waag, executive director of The American Tap Dance Foundation, and Mercedes Ellington, CEO/Artistic Director of The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts, announce the return of their FREE, annual outdoor event to commemorate Duke Ellington's birthday.
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 1, 2021
Robert Battle, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, announced today that internationally renowned performer, choreographer, director, and multi-disciplinary artist Francesca Harper has been appointed Artistic Director of Ailey II, the Ailey organization's acclaimed company of young dancers. Ms. Harper will assume her duties on September 7, 2021, and will immediately begin preparing for Ailey II's return to the stage.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 19, 2021
BIRDLAND will present Freda Payne in her album release concert “Let There Be Love” for one show only on Monday, November 22 at 7:00 PM.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 13, 2021
Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater are open this November with a full slate of nightly performances!  At Birdland Jazz Club, catch Bill Charlap Duets with Houston Person, Jon Faddis, Chris Potter and Ron Carter, Peter Cincotti, Jihye Lee Big Band, The Hot Sardines, and more.
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 23, 2021
Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre announces the cast for the “Best Musical” 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, January 15, 2022 - February 27, 2022 at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts.
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 21, 2021
Billy, Klea and Jim are back for a twelfth year with their smash-hit holiday show... and lots of Christmas lights.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2022
BIRDLAND THEATER will present John Manzari – the acclaimed dancer, singer, actor, and choreographer currently appearing on Broadway in Funny Girl – in a special event on Monday, May 23 at 8:30 PM.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 31, 2022
Writers Theatre will conclude its 2021/22 Season with Pearl’s Rollin’ with the Blues: A Night with Felicia P. Fields.  The production runs June 23, 2022 – July 24, 2022 in the in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Friday, July 1, 2022 at 7:30pm.
by Marissa Tomeo - May 29, 2022
Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater are proudly open this June with a full slate of nightly performances! At Birdland Jazz Club, catch the Liebman, Brecker, Copland Quintet, Greg Ruvolo Big Band, Yellowjackets, Terraza Big Band, Anita Gillette and Lee Roy Reams, Frank Catalano Quartet, Danilo Perez & His Global Messengers, New London Big Band, Stacey Kent, Ron Aprea Big Band, Linda Lavin and Tuck & Patti.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 27, 2022
Porchlight Music Theatre has announced the return of its free concert series Broadway in Your Backyard, July 19 - September 6, as part of Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 25, 2022
On Monday, May 23, Birdland Theater presenting dancer/singer/choreographer John Manzari in “The First Set,” a high-energy show highlighting the influence of tap dance on African American music through songs by Ahmad Jamal, Gregory Porter, Bill Evans, and others.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 23, 2022
BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present a historic evening with two legendary Broadway stars Anita Gillette and Lee Roy Reams for the first time on Monday, June 13 at 7:00 PM.
by Stephi Wild - May 23, 2022
Vintage Theatre Productions announces 10 shows and two special events for the 2022-2023 season. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. in Aurora. Early bird season tickets are currently on sale.
by Marissa Tomeo - May 21, 2022
Below, you'll find details on all jazz programming at Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater running May 24 - June 5. Artists appearing at Birdland Jazz Club include The Tierney Sutton Band, Robert Edwards Big Band, Brecker-Liebman-Copland Quintet and Greg Ruvolo Big Band.
by A.A. Cristi - May 2, 2022
Chicago's favorite evening of big voices for a big cause, returns with the 7th annual Belting for Life. For one night only on May 16 at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 16, 2022
BIRDLAND THEATER will present pop/jazz vocalist and songwriter Liam Forde – celebrating the release of his first album Great to Be Here – on Monday, June 13 at 8:30 PM.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 26, 2022
The highly anticipated Broadway revival of Funny Girl is beginning performances tonight, March 26, at the August Wilson Theatre, ahead of an official opening on April 24. Meet the cast bringing this iconic show back to the stage!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 2, 2022
The St. Louis Black Repertory Company continues its in-person 45th Anniversary season with Behind the Sheet by Charly Evon Simpson opening March 18, 2022. Previews begin March 16 at the Catherine B. Berges Theatre at Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in St. Louis, Missouri. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 2, 2022
Atlantic Theater Company has announced casting for the world premiere production of The Bedwetter, a new musical with a book by Drama Desk Award winner Joshua Harmon and Emmy Award winner Sarah Silverman, lyrics by Emmy Award winner Adam Schlesinger and Sarah Silverman.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 6, 2022
The Beautiful City Project announces the cast of its June fundraising cabaret SUMMER ART PROJECT, with proceeds to benefit Project Onward, an organization that exists to give artists with disabilities a 'visual voice' to tell their stories and change the perceptions of the world.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 23, 2022
The Joyce Theater Foundation will welcome the return of percussive dance and one its greatest superstars this summer with the world premiere of Rhythm is Life. This latest work from Dormeshia, a celebration of both the art form she dominates and life itself, will play The Joyce Theater from July 26-31.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 17, 2022
A public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River, Wave Hill is pleased to be able to offer performances by Ailey II, the second company of the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, on the first day of summer, Tuesday, June 21.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 17, 2022
Season of Concern, the emergency fund for Chicago theater artists, will present a one-night-only benefit performance of Jerry’s Girls, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, concepts by Larry Alford, Wayne Cilento, and Jerry Herman, direction by Ken-Matt Martin, and musical direction by Nigel D. Robinson.
by Grace Cutler - Jul 9, 2022
Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce the final performances of the sixth season of the popular New Faces Sing Broadway series and the conclusion of its 27th season with New Faces Sing Broadway 1971.
by Grace Cutler - Jul 23, 2022
Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce the cast of New Faces for the  final performances of the sixth season of the popular New Faces Sing Broadway series and the conclusion of its 27th season with New Faces Sing Broadway 1971.
by Bobby Patrick - Jul 14, 2022
One of the best shows of the season, MAKE THEM HEAR YOU leaves a lasting impression.
by Michael Major - Jan 31, 2022
In the new documentary, Maurice and friends—Chita Rivera, Mercedes Ellington and Debbie Allen—tell tales from his lengthy career, including Broadway shows, a co-starring role in Francis Ford Coppola’s THE COTTON CLUB and his loving yet complex relationship with his superstar brother, the late Gregory Hines.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 27, 2022
In celebration of Black History Month, MAURICE HINES: BRING THEM BACK will make its U.S. broadcast and streaming premiere on STARZ and the STARZ App in February 2022 and run on the network through 2023.
by Patrick Honoré - Jan 26, 2022
Quadruple threat Dalia Constantin in an initimate autobiographical one-woman show.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 26, 2022
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by A.A. Cristi - Feb 23, 2022
Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre has announced that its latest mainstage production, the “Best Musical” 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 extended through March 20 at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts.
by Stage Tube - Feb 23, 2022
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 16, 2022
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by David Friscic - Feb 13, 2022
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 11, 2022
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by A.A. Cristi - Feb 10, 2022
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by Stephen Mosher - Dec 30, 2021
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 9, 2021
The Triad Theater, Off-Broadway Theatre, Queen Diva returns to Off-Broadway in “Strength of a Woman: A Phyllis Hyman Tribute” Labor Day Weekend '21 on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm after a two year hiatus.
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 9, 2021
Singer Freda Payne, the celebrated singer of the disco-era top-charter “Band of Gold,” will bring her acclaimed “Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” to Bucks County Playhouse for ten concerts, August 26 through September 5.
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 3, 2022
Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre’s Education Department has announced the return of its Youth Classes this fall, September 24 - December 18.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 16, 2022
Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre has announced this year’s recipient of the ICON Award is one of Broadway’s foremost singing and dancing leading ladies, Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie.
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 12, 2021
Tony Waag, executive director of The American Tap Dance Foundation, and Mercedes Ellington, CEO/Artistic Director of The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts, announced today the return of their free, annual outdoor event to commemorate Duke Ellington's birthday.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 4, 2022
BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present vocalist and pianist Steve Ross – widely heralded as “The Crown Prince of New York Cabaret” – in a special show celebrating spring on Monday, April 18 at 7:00 PM.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 28, 2022
BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present Nashville vocalist Wendy Moten – best known for her 2021 run on NBC’s “The Voice” – in a special concert on Monday, May 16 at 7:00 PM. Her show will include songwriter Richard Whiting hits including “He’s Funny That Way,” “My Ideal,” “Miss Brown,” and “Too Marvelous For Words.”
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 20, 2022
Porchlight Music Theatre will conclude the eighth season of its “lost” musicals series with Porchlight Revisits Passing Strange, book and lyrics by Stew, music by Heidi Rodewald and Stew, direction by Donterrio, music directed by Justin Akira Kono and choreography by Terri K Woodall, May 18 and 19.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 20, 2022
BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present acclaimed vocalist and songwriter Amanda McBroom in her new show “Crimes of the Heart” on Monday, May 2 at 7:00 PM. McBroom’s concert will feature songs of passion, politics, and just plain love, written by the likes of Stephen Sondheim, Irving Berlin, Leonard Cohen, and of course, Amanda McBroom.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 14, 2022
Porchlight Music Theatre has announced the current roster of music theatre and cabaret talent performing in this year’s annual Chicago Sings fundraising concert, Chicago Sings Stephen Sondheim, Monday, May 23, at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 14, 2022
BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present acclaimed vocalist Karen Akers in the new show “Water Under the Bridge” on Monday, April 25 at 7:00 PM.

Sophisticated Ladies Frequently Asked Questions

What other productions of Sophisticated Ladies have their been?
Sophisticated Ladies has had 3 productions including Broadway which opened in 1981, Broadway which opened in 1981 and US Tour which opened in 1982.

What Tony Awards has Sophisticated Ladies been nominated for?
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.

What Tony Awards has Sophisticated Ladies won?
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.

What productions of Sophisticated Ladies have their been?
Sophisticated Ladies has had 3 productions including Broadway which opened in 1981, Broadway which opened in 1981 and US Tour which opened in 1982.

What is the order of songs in Sophisticated Ladies and what's the order?
Music Is a Woman
Hit Me with a Hot Note and Watch Me Bounce
I Love You Madly
Perdido
Fat and Forty (You're My Meat)
Cotton Tail
Caravan
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
Ko-Ko
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
Woman
Heaven
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
Bli-Blip
Take the 'A' Train
Solitude
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
Rhumbop
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

What productions of Sophisticated Ladies have there been?
Sophisticated Ladies has had 3 productions including Broadway which opened in 1981, Broadway which opened in 1981 and US Tour which opened in 1982.