F. E. Miller
After seven previews, the Broadway production, conceived and directed by Julianne Boyd and choreographed by Billy Wilson and Henry LeTang, opened on September 20, 1978 at the Ambassador Theatre, where it ran for 439 performances. The cast included Alaina Reed, Lynnie Godfrey, and the Hines brothers, Gregory and Maurice. An original cast recording was released in 1979, but has not been released on CD.
The theater setting was designed to be reminiscent of the 1920s, with "curlicued settings, dancers diving down a staircase in a pie-shaped wedge, a girl in a mantilla with a Spanish rose in her teeth". Many of the songs were from the Blake-Sissle 1921 show Shuffle Along. Among the songs were "Charleston Rag", "Daddy", "My Handyman Ain't Handy No More", "Gee, I Wish I Had Someone to Rock Me in the Cradle of Love", and "There's a Million Little Cupids in the Sky" (from the Blake-Sissle show "The Chocolate Dandies).
Awards and nominations
Original Broadway production
|1979||Tony Award||Best Original Score||Eubie Blake, Noble Sissle, Andy Razafe, F.E. Miller, Johnny Brandon and Jim Europe||Nominated|
|Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical||Gregory Hines||Nominated|
|Best Choreography||Billy Wilson and Henry LeTang||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Musical||Nominated|
|Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical||Lynnie Godfrey||Nominated|
|Outstanding Choreography||Billy Wilson and Henry LeTang||Nominated|
|Theatre World Award||Gregory Hines||Won|
- Kerr, Walter. "Arts, mini-review", The New York Times, November 6, 1978, p. 54
- Kroll, Jack. "Wild About Eubie", Newsweek, October 2, 1978