Eubie!

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Eubie!
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Music Eubie Blake
Lyrics Noble Sissle
Andy Razaf
Johnny Brandon
F. E. Miller
Jim Europe
Book Revue
Productions 1978 Broadway

Eubie! is a revue featuring the music of Eubie Blake, with lyrics by Noble Sissle, Andy Razaf, Johnny Brandon, F. E. Miller, and Jim Europe.

Production[edit]

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".[1] 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).[2]

Songs[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Original Broadway production[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kerr, Walter. "Arts, mini-review", The New York Times, November 6, 1978, p. 54
  2. ^ Kroll, Jack. "Wild About Eubie", Newsweek, October 2, 1978

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