Sophisticated Ladies

Revue - Original

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview: February 16, 1981
  • Opening Date: March 1, 1981
  • Closing Date: January 2, 1983
  • Previews: 15
  • Performances: 767

Music: Duke Ellington


This lavish revue pays tribute to the big-band music of legendary composer Duke Ellington, including "In a Sentimental Mood," "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" and the title tune.


Opening Night Production Credits

  Duke Ellington Music
  Michael Smuin Director
  Donald McKayle Choreographer
  Michael Smuin Choreographer
  Henry LeTang Co-Choreography and Tap Choreography
Tony Walton Tony Walton Scenic Design
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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1981 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Gregg Burge Nominee

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1981 Outstanding Choreography Michael Smuin
Donald McKayle
Henry LeTang

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1981 Theatre World Award Phyllis Hyman Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1981 Actor in a Musical Gregory Hines Nominee
1981 Choreography Henry LeTang
Donald McKayle
Michael Smuin
1981 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Willa Kim Winner
1981 Direction of a Musical Michael Smuin Nominee
1981 Featured Actor in a Musical Hinton Battle Winner
1981 Featured Actress in a Musical Phyllis Hyman Nominee
1981 Lighting Design (Play or Musical) Jennifer Tipton Nominee
1981 Musical   Nominee
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