‘Cotton Club Parade’ Will March Onto Broadway
After two popular engagements at City Center, “Cotton Club Parade” – a musical revue celebrating the Harlem nightclub during the Duke Ellington era – will move to Broadway this fall, its producers announced on Wednesday. With minimal spoken text, this 90-minute show recreates many of the big-band swing and blues numbers of the Cotton Club during the 1920s and ‘30s, with the score including works by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields (“I Can’t Give You Anything but Love”), Harold Arlen (“Stormy Weather,” “I’ve Got the World on a String”) and Ellington (“Rockin’ in Rhythm,” “Cotton Club Stomp”).
Music and theater critics praised the original City Center run in 2011 and an encore outing last fall, especially for the work of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra directed by Wynton Marsali, which will be part of the Broadway production. Warren Carlyle will again direct and choreograph the show, which was conceived by Jack Viertel, artistic director of the City Center Encores! series. Casting, performance dates and a Broadway theater will be announced later. The producers are Alan D. Marks, Barbara Marks, Wade Turnbull, Steve Hendel, Ruth Hendel, and Tom Kirdahy
Source: NY Times