Lincoln Theatre revue 'Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies' is a smash hit
By DeNeen Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 28, 2010; 6:02 AM
These words, written by musician Wynton Marsalis, appear projected onto a screen on the softly lit stage, all dreamy-like. An ode to Duke Ellington:
"He didn't sleep at night. He was the greatest flirt -- ever. . . . He believed that there were two kinds of music: the good kind and the other kind. He was the world's most prolific composer of blues, blueses of all shapes and sizes. . . . Wrote music in all 12 known keys and some keys that are still unknown. . . . Wrote music about the human experience; if it was experienced, he stylized it. In other words, Duke Ellington had a lot on his mind."
I had the pleasure of seeing the original cast perform "Sophisticated Ladies on Broadway around 1980-1982. I can't remember the exact year.
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