Sophisticated Ladies


THE TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL LEGACY OF THE DUKE

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A Musical (Revue) in Two Acts. Concept by Donald McKayle, musical and dance arrangements by Lloyd Mayers, vocal arrangements by Malcolm Dodds and Lloyd Mayers; music by Duke Ellington

Opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Broadway 1 March, 1981 and ran for 767 performances.


This Tony Award-winning musical extravaganza is a stylish, brassy and unforgettable salute to the Duke's genius, brought to vibrant life with incredible talents and Broadway dazzle. Musical highlights include "It Don't Mean A Thing", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "I'm Beginning To See The Light", "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good", and "Satin Doll"

Act I takes us through the early stages of Duke’s growth as a major musical force, illuminating his public persona from the Cotton Club era through his travels here and abroad, and bringing home the world renowned celebrity with “Drop Me Off In Harlem” and “Rockin’ In Rhythm”, the triumphant Act I finale. Act II takes us on a more personal journey, exploring the private man as captured in his music. The themes are woman, a constant source of inspiration for a man who lived to love, and nightlife, filled with high-living, sensuality, glamour, and its inevitable loneliness.

Original Broadway cast starred Gregory Hines, Judith Jamison, Phyllis Hayman, P. J. Benjamin and Terri Klausner.

Musical Numbers


ACT I

    1. "I've Got To Be a Rug Cutter" (1937) (Music and Lyrics by Duke Ellington.)
    2. "Music Is a Woman" (Based on "Jubilee Stomp" 1928) (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by John Guare.)
    3. "The Mooche" (1929) (Music by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills.)
    4. "Hit Me With a Hot Note (and Watch Me Bounce)" (1945) (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Don George.)
    5. "Prelude to a-Kiss" (1938) (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Irving Gordon and Irving Mills.)
    6. "I Love You Madly" (1950) (Music and Lyrics by Duke Ellington.)
    7. "Perdido" (1971) (Music and Lyrics by Juan Tizol, Ervin Drake, Hans Lengsfelder.)
    8. "Fat and Forty" (Music and Lyrics by Al Hibbler and Duke Ellington.) Replaced during the run and for subsequent tour by: "Everything But You" (1945) (Music by Duke Ellington, Harry James. Lyrics by Don George.)
    9. "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" (1929) (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Irving Mills.)
    10. "Bli-Blip" (1941) (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills.)
    11. "Cotton Tail" (1940) (Music by Duke Ellington.)
    12. "Take the "A" Train" (1941) (Music by Billy Strayhorn.)
    13. "Solitude" (1934) (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Eddie DeLange and Irving Mills.)
    14. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (1942) (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Bob Russell.)
    15. "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart" (from Cotton Club Parade, 1938) (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Irving Mills and John Redmond.)
    16. "Caravan" (1937) (Music by Duke Ellington and Juan Tizot. Lyrics by Irving Mills.)
    17. "Something to Live For" (1939) (Music and Lyrics by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn)
    18. "Old Man Blues" (1930) (Music and Lyrics by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills.)
    19. "Drop Me Off in Harlem" (1933) (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Nick Kenny.)
    20. "Rockin' in Rhythm" (from Earl Carroll's Vanities of 1932) (Music by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Harry Canvey.)


ACT 2

    1. "Duke's Place" (1957) (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Bill Katz and Robert Thiele.)
    2. "Diminuendo in Blue" (1942) (Music by Duke Ellington.)
    3. "In a Sentimental Mood" (1935) (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Manny Kurtz and Irving Mills.)
    4. "I'm Beginning to See the Light" (1944) (Music and Lyrics by Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnnie Hodges, Harry James.)
    5. "Satin Doll" (1958) (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Billy Strayhorn and Johnny Mercer.)
    6. "Just Squeeze Me" (1946) (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Lee Gaines.)
    7. "Dancers in Love" (1945) (Music by Duke Ellington.)
    8. "Echoes of Harlem" (1936) (Music by Duke Ellington.)
    9. "I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So" (1945) (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Mack David.)
    10. "Hey Baby" (1946) (Music and Lyrics by Duke Ellington.)
    11. "Imagine My Frustration" (1966) (Music and Lyrics by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Gerald Wilson.)
    12. "Kinda Dukish" (1955) (Music by Duke Ellington.)
    13. "Ko-Ko" (1939) (Music by Duke Ellington.)
    14. "I'm Checking Out Goombye" (1939) (Music and Lyrics by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.)
    15. "Do Nothing 'Til You Hear from Me" (1943) (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by.Bob Russell)
      "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" (from JUmp For Joy, 1941) (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster.)
    16. "Mood Indigo" (1931) (Music by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Albany "Barney" Bigard.)
    17. "Sophisticated Lady" (1933) (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Mitchell Parish and Irving Mills.)
    18. "It Don't Mean a Thing" (reprise)

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