Conceived by Jack Viertel and presented under the auspices of City Center's Encores! series, the show is a celebration of Duke Ellington's years at the famed Harlem nightclub in the 1920s and '30s.
The production will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center All Stars -- composed of 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players -- under the direction of Daryl Waters. The cast also features Alexandria "Brinae Ali" Bradley, Andrew "Dr.Ew" Carter, Kyra Da Costa,, Carmen Ruby Floyd, La Tanya Hall, Jeremiah "Supaman" Haynes, Christopher Jackson, Monroe Kent III, Karine Plantadit, T. Oliver Reid, Amber Riley, Britton Smith, Tanya Birl, Christopher Broughton, Wilkie Ferguson, Chanon Judson, Marielys Molina, Erin Moore, Jason Samuels Smith, Monique Smith, Daniel J. Watts, and J.L. Williams.
The design team will include John Lee Beatty (scenic consultant), Toni-Leslie James (costume consultant), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting designer), and Scott Lehrer (sound designer).