January 29 @ 2:30 pm$20 – $38
Vintage Theatre Productions
Music by Duke Ellington
Book by Donald McKayle
Directed and Choreographed by Christopher Page-Sanders
Musical Direction by Jodel Charles
A Brassy, High Energy Musical Revue!
January 27 – March 5 2023
Vintage Theatre presents Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies,” January 27 – March 5 2023. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Vintage Theatre is located at 1468 Dayton St. in Aurora. Tickets ranging from $20 – $38 are on sale by calling 303-856-7830 or online at www.vintagetheatre.org.
The musical legacy of The Duke is celebrated in this stylish and brassy retrospective, which has taken audiences and critics by storm. Act I takes us from Ellington’s early days at The Cotton Club through his widening acceptance abroad, while Act II explores the private man as captured in his music. Numbers include “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing”, “Take the ‘A’ Train”, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”, “Satin Doll” and the haunting “In a Sentimental Mood”. It’s a high-stepping salute inspired by the glamorous nightlife and sensuous highlife of a man who lived to love.
The cast includes Jalen Gregory (The Raconteur), Mary Louise Lee (The Chanteuse), Orlando Poole (The Jazzbo), Isaac Rosen (The Hipster), Heidi Carann Snider (The Danseuse), and Cha’rel Wright (The Soubrette). The Sophisticated Ladies & Gentlemen are Rita Maria Aire, Mykai Eastman, eden, Andy Nikhomvan-Morgan, Jasmyne Pierce, John Roberts, Dallas Slankard, and Lauren Slaughter.
Understudies: Zinnia McKenna and Sophia Montoya Suson.
“Sophisticated Ladies” opened on Broadway on March 1, 1981 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where it ran for 767 performances earning 2 awards and 8 nominations at the 35th Tony Awards. The original cast, under the direction of Michael Smuin, included Gregory Hines, Judith Jamison, Phyllis Hyman, Hinton Battle, Gregg Burge and Mercer Ellington.
Vintage Theatre presents
Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies”
A brassy retrospective about the life and legacy of the great Duke Ellington.
Jan 27 – Mar.5
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 2:30 p.m.; Mon. Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
$20 – $38
303-856-7830 or online at www.vintagetheatre.org
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010
2 hours with one 15-minute intermission.