Sophisticated Ladies Will Tour to More Than 25 New York Schools

News   Sophisticated Ladies Will Tour to More Than 25 New York Schools To celebrate Black History Month, the arts-education non-profit organization Inside Broadway will present the classic Duke Ellington musical Sophisticated Ladies to more than 25 New York City public schools beginning Jan. 25.

The production will be seen throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx through March.

Barry McNabb will direct a cast that features Michael Everett, Bryant Montalvo, Danea C. Osseni and Valerie Lynn Williams. Nicholas Sala is associate producer, Denis Zepeda is technical director, and Brendan J. O’Brien is production stage manager.

Sophisticated Ladies is a musical revue showcasing the songs of band leader and composer Ellington. Songs include “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” “Take The A Train,” “Sentimental Mood” and many more.

A dancing and singing celebration of history and music, the award-winning Broadway musical, according to press notes, "examines Duke Ellington’s life and focuses on the Harlem Renaissance, a unique time of cultural growth in New York’s history."

Since 1982, Inside Broadway has impacted the lives of nearly one million New York City public school students with its arts and education programs that educate and foster new generations of theatregoers. For more information visit InsideBroadway.org.

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