Adriane Lenox
(© Tristan Fuge)
Adriane Lenox
(© Tristan Fuge)
Carla Cook, Brandon Victor Dixon, Jared Grimes, and Adriane Lenox will be among the featured performers in Duke Ellington's Cotton Club Parade with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Warren Carlyle will direct and choreograph this Encores! special event at City Center, November 18-22. Marsalis serves as music director.

The piece is a celebration of Ellington's years at the famed Harlem nightclub in the 1920s and early '30s, when the joint was jumping with revues featuring big bands, swing and blues, dancers, singers and novelty acts. The show is conceived by Jack Viertel, with selected texts by Langston Hughes.

The cast will also include Alexandria "Brinae Ali" Bradley, Everett Bradley, Andrew "Dr.Ew" Carter, Nicolette DePass, DeWitt Fleming Jr., Carmen Ruby Floyd, Jeremiah "Showtyme" Haynes, Rosena Hill, Rachael Hollingsworth, Kendrick Jones, Monroe Kent, and T. Oliver Reid, with Shani "Virgo" Alston, Jason E. Bernard, Tanya Birl, Braxton Brooks, Christopher Broughton, Chanon Judson, Karine Plantadit, Monique Smith, Daniel J. Watts, Joseph Monroe Webb, Christian Dante White, and J.L. Williams.

For tickets and more information, click here.