|'It don't mean a thing,
If it ain't got that swing.”
|Direct from New York -
The Tony Award-Winning Smash Hit Broadway Musical
|Revisiting the Glamour of 1940's Sophisticated Swing
|SOPHISTICATED LADIES is a treasure trove of Duke Ellington’s musical riches that won
two Tony Awards, brought fame to Gregory Hines and is still one of the greatest vehicles
for tap, song and The Duke’s sophisticated jazz arrangements. It is coming to California
during the week of Martin Luther King’s birthday.
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. SOPHISTICATED
LADIES is a glorious recreation of the Duke Ellington big band sound, featuring his
most famous numbers from the infamous Speak Easy 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".
Songs are accompanied by a jazz band led by Darius Frowner with dance numbers
performed by top New York tap dancers and produced by Irving Street Rep who brought
us their production of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ last season. Irving Street Rep’s production
infuses the show with a swanky, 1940s style and demonstrates that Ellington’s music still
really "swings" today.
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|ABOUT DUKE ~ THE SHOW
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Some Things Must Be Heard 'LIVE'