Two announcements have been made by Swing!. The first is a new musical lineup for the show's band, the Gotham City Gates. In addition, production sources have now released a complete list of producers for the all-dance tribute.
There were several changes in the musical department at the show. As of Nov. 4, the line up of the show's band, the Gotham City Gates, is as follows: The band is being conducted by Jonathan Smith and his associate conductor, Douglas Oberhamer. The show's music coordinator is John Miller, with piano and keyboard by Jonathan Smith, guitars by Dan Hovey, bass by Conrad Korsch, drums and percussion by Scott Neumann, woodwinds by Matt Hong and Lance Bryant, trumpet by Douglas Oberhamer, with trombone by Steve Armour. Various members of the Gotham City Gates have worked with such big band luminaries as Lionel Hampton, Illinois Jacquet, Woody Herman, Blues Jumpers, Jimmy Dorsey and Toshiko Akyoshi.
Production sources now list the show's producers as Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Steven Baruch, Tom Viertel, Jujamcyn Theaters and Lorie Cowen Levy/Stanley Shopkorn in association with BB Promotion, Dede Harris/Jeslo Productions, Libby Adler Mages/Mari Glick, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer, and PACE Theatricals/SFX.
Associate producers for Swing! are TV Asahi/Hayanku, MARS Theatrical Productions and Judith Marinoff.
Previews began at the St. James Theatre Nov. 2 for Swing!, the all dance, high octane tribute to both the Swing Era and the Swing craze currently sweeping the nation. Directed and choreographed by Lynne Taylor Corbett, Swing, will open Dec. 9 at the St. James Theatre. Developed from an idea by the show's originator, Paul Kelly, Swing showcases top Broadway singing and dance talent in a revue of Swing, Lindy Hop and Broadway styles.