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.
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