|Lyrics||Noble Sissle |
F. E. Miller
Eubie! Is a revue featuring the music of jazz/swing composer Eubie Blake, with lyrics by Noble Sissle, Andy Razaf, Johnny Brandon, F. E. Miller, and Jim Europe. As with most revues, the show features no book, but instead showcases 23 of Eubie Blake’s best songs. The idea of the show was conceived by Julianne Boyd. It opened in 1978 receiving positive reviews from Time, Newsweek, Variety, Backstage, and The Today Show.
After seven previews, the Broadway production, opened on September 20, 1978 at the Ambassador Theatre, where it ran for 439 performances. The show was conceived and directed by Julianne Boyd, choreographed by Billy Wilson and Henry LeTang, and costumed by Bernard Johnston. Vicki Carter was the musical director, pianist, and conductor. Lou Gonzalez was the sound designer. Eubie Blake was nearly 100 years of age when the show opened. An original cast recording was produced by Warner Brothers and released on vinyl 1979, and was later 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, which follows the story of two friends who are both running for mayor. 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 1924 Blake-Sissle show The Chocolate Dandies).
A few months after the show’s opening on Broadway, the tour of Eubie! opened on February 7, 1979 in Baltimore.
1. Good Night, Angeline (1917) Europe and Sissle; Shuffle Along
2. Charleston Rag (1899)
3. Shuffle Along (1921) Sissle; Shuffle Along
4. In Honeysuckle Time (1921) Sissle; Shuffle Along
5. I’m Just Wild About Harry (1921) Sissle; Shuffle Along
6. Baltimore Buzz (1921) Sissle; Shuffle Along
7. Daddy (1921) Sissle; Shuffle Along
8. There’s a Million Little Cupids in the Sky (1924) Sissle; The Chocolate Dandies
9. I’m a Great Big Baby (1940) Razaf; Tan Manhattan
10. My Handy Man Ain’t Handy No More (1930) Razaf; Blackbirds of 1930
11. Low Down Blues (1921) Sissle; Shuffle Along
12. Gee, I Wish I Had Someone to Rock Me in the Cradle of Love (1919) Sissle
13. I’m Just Simply Full of Jazz (1919) Sissle; Shuffle Along
14. High Steppin’ Days (1921)
15. Dixie Moon (1924) Sissle; The Chocolate Dandies
16. Weary (1940) Razaf; Tan Manhattan
17. Roll, Jordan (1930) Razaf
18. Memories of You (1930) Razaf; Blackbirds of 1930
19. If You’ve Never Been Vamped by a Brownskin, You’ve Never Been Vamped at All (1921) Sissle; Shuffle Along
20. You Got to Git the Gittin While the Gittin’s Good (1956) Miller
21. Oriental Blues (1921) Sissle; Shuffle Along
22. I’m Craving for That Kind of Love (1921) Sissle; Shuffle Along
23. Hot Feet (1958) Sissle
24. Good Night, Angeline (1917) Europe and Sissle; Shuffle Along
The original cast of Eubie! included and all black cast consisting of 12 performers and 9 musicians. The performers were Ethel Beatty, Terry Burrell, Leslie Dockery, Lynnie Godfrey, Gregory Hines, Maurice Hines, Mel Johnson Jr., Lonnie McNeil, Janet Powell, Marion Ramsey, Alaina Reed, Jeffery V. Thompson. Of these performers Gregory Hines and Lynnie Godfrey were nominated for awards for their performances in Eubie!
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|
- Al Rose, Eubie Blake (New York: Schirmer Books, 1979), 166-167.
- Hobe, “Legitimate: Shows on Broadway – Eubie,” Variety 292/8 (1978), 96.
- Sherry Eaker, “Eubie!” Back stage 39/20 (1979), 50.
- Gerald Bordman. American Musical Review (New York: University Oxford Press, 1985), 159-160.
- Kerr, Walter. "Arts, mini-review", The New York Times, November 6, 1978, p. 54
- Kroll, Jack. "Wild About Eubie", Newsweek, October 2, 1978
- League, The Broadway. "The Chocolate Dandies – Broadway Musical – Original | IBDB". www.ibdb.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
- Al Rose, Eubie Blake (New York: Schirmer Books, 1979), 168-173.