Sophisticated Ladies

Sophisticated Ladies is a revue with music of Duke Ellington. It opened on 1 March 1981 at the Lunt - Fontanne Theatre on Broadway. There she witnessed in almost two years duration 767 performances.

The review was based on an idea by Donald McKayle. Directed by Michael Smuin, who along with McKayle also choreographed the show; tap dancing worried Henry LeTang, the lighting design Reinhard Traub. The orchestration is by Al Cohn, the arrangements by Lloyd Mayers, took over the musical direction of Duke Ellington's son, Mercer Ellington.

The plot illuminated in the first act the beginnings Ellington at the Cotton Club to his first great successes, whereas the private man and artist is traced in the second act.

Among the presented musical numbers are titles such as " Perdido ," " It Do not Mean a Thing ( If It Is not Got That Swing) ," " Take the 'A' Train ," " Solitude ," " Do not Get around Much Anymore, "" Caravan, "" In a Sentimental Mood, "" I'm Beginning to See the Light, "" Satin Doll, "" I'm Just A Lucky So -And- So "," Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me, "" Mood Indigo, "" Sophisticated Lady. "

The revue was nominated for eight 1981 Tony Awards, and finally received the awards for best supporting role ( Hinton Battle) and for Best Costume Design ( Willa Kim).


  • Duke Ellington 's Sophisticated Ladies ( RCA Records, 1981)


  • Thomas Siedhoff: The Handbook of the musical. 1st Edition, Schott, Mainz, 2007. ISBN 3-7957-0154-6. Page 51 f
  • New York Magazine: Airborne Ellington. By John Simon, March 16, 1981. ISSN 0028-7369. Page 43 f
  • Sophisticated Ladies at Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization
  • Sophisticated Ladies at the Internet Broadway Database ( IBDB )
  • Revue
  • Jazz in the United States
  • Duke Ellington