Sophisticated Ladies


This glamorous show-stopping production of Sophisticated Ladies – with the largest tap dance sequences since Newsies and Singin’ In The Rain – celebrates a jazz legend with a name that has stood the test of time. Duke Ellington’s musical expression captivates audiences with his stylish big-band sound. Relive the days with such hits as “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” and the title song “Sophisticated Ladies.” This lavish musical extravaganza features spectacular dancing, outstanding vocals, and an onstage big band that will transport you back to the era when big band was “The Thing.”

Concept by DONALD MCKAYLE | Based on the music of DUKE ELLINGTON  | Musical and Dance Arrangements by LLOYD MAYERS | Vocal Arrangements by MALCOLM DODDS and LLOYD MAYERS |  Original Musical Direction by MERCER ELLINGTON

Originally produced on Broadway by Roger S. Berlin, Manheim Fox, Sondra Gilman, Burton Litwin and Louise Westergaard. In association with Belgian Mills Publishing Corp. and Norzar Productions, Inc.

In association with Fulton Theatre.

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