Direct from Broadway: DUKE ELLINGTON'S SOPHISTICATED LADIES
Starring: Phyllis Hyman, Hinton Battle, Paula Kelly, Greg Burge, Mercer Ellington
Directed by: Michael Smuin, Clark Jones
Synopsis: Recently restored and remastered tapes of the 1981 Tony® winning DUKE ELLINGTON’S SOPHISTICATED LADIES are now being exhibited on the big screen for the first time. The historic first live-in-performance capture of a currently running Broadway musical will be presented in remastered 5.1 surround sound. The production features the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington and a knockout cast includes Grammy®-winner Phyllis Hyman and 3-time Tony®-winner, Hinton Battle. An all-star score celebrates the Duke with "Take the "A" Train", "I'm Beginning to See the Light", "Hit Me With a Hot Note and Watch Me Bounce", "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)", In a Sentimental Mood", "Sophisticated Lady", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "Satin Doll", and "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good", among many others.
In his review for The New York Times, Frank Rich wrote that "...the new musical revue at the Lunt-Fontanne, is an [Duke] Ellington celebration that just won't quit until it has won over the audience with dynamic showmanship...it rides so high on affection, skill and, of course, stunning music that the lapses don't begin to spoil the fun. What's more, this is the only Broadway revue of recent vintage that operates on a truly grand scale."
SOPHISTICATED LADIES played Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for some 800 performances and was nominated for 8 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, and won two: Hinton Battle as Best Featured Actor in a Musical and Willa Kim for Best Costume Design. Battle had created the role of the Scarecrow in the original company of The Wiz on Broadway and was also featured in the Broadway companies of Dancin', Dreamgirls, Miss Saigon and Chicago. The cast also featured Phyllis Hyman who went on to a Grammy®-winning career as a solo recording artist.
Mercer Ellington, Duke's son, conducted the Duke Ellington Orchestra which featured many of the original members who played with Duke but who came back for the Broadway musical. Mercer was not the only Ellington involved. His daughter Mercedes was in the original chorus and was the dance captain and assistant choreographer.
Captured live-in-performance at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in 1982!
Shows Wednesday, December 4th at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 8th at 4:00pm at the Rialto in Casper and the Capitol in Cheyenne. Adult admission is $10, Senior/Child admission is $8. No passes.
Wednesday, December 4th - 7:30pm at the Rialto [BUY TICKETS]
Sunday, December 8th - 4:00pm at the Rialto [BUY TICKETS]
Wednesday, December 4th - 7:30pm at the Capitol [BUY TICKETS]
Sunday, December 8th - 4:00pm at the Capitol [BUY TICKETS]