Hot Chocolates

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Hot Chocolates is a musical revue with music by Fats Waller and Harry Brooks and book by Andy Razaf.[1] At first, it was entitled Tan Town Topics in hopes it would be picked up by Broadway.[2] Performed at the Hudson Theater in New York City, the show was directed by Leonard Harper and ran for 219 performances from opening on June 20, 1929, to closing on December 14, 1929.[3] The show is also referred to as Connie's Hot Chocolates. It was staged, directed, and produced by Leonard Harper. While the revue featured music and singing, including the subsequent hit "Aint Misbehavin'," it was praised for the cast's dancing, including a male chorus line and a female chorus line.[4]

Louis Armstrong made his Broadway debut with his role in the ensemble as part of the pit band for the show. Cab Calloway later joined the cast as a replacement at the recommendation of Armstrong.[5] He later adopted the song "(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue," originally sung by Edith Wilson, for his performances even decades later.[6]

Cast[edit]

  • Louis Armstrong Ensemble
  • Jimmie Baskette Ensemble
  • Paul Bass Ensemble
  • Madeline Belt Ensemble
  • Dick Campbell Ensemble
  • Baby Cox Ensemble
  • Eddie Green (comedy sketches) Ensemble
  • Billy Higgins Ensemble
  • Louise Higgins Ensemble
  • Jubilee Singers Ensemble
  • Billy Marey Ensemble
  • Dolly McCormick Ensemble
  • Paul Meers Ensemble
  • Thelma Meers Ensemble
  • Jazzlips Richardson Ensemble
  • Margaret Simms Ensemble
  • Three Midnight Steppers Ensemble
  • Edith Wilson Ensemble
  • Cab Calloway Ensemble

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Playbill Vault". playbillvault.com. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  2. ^ Brothers, Thomas (2014). Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company. p. 341. ISBN 978-0-393-06582-4.
  3. ^ "IBDB". ibdb.com. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  4. ^ Brothers, Thomas (2014). Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company. pp. 345–46. ISBN 978-0-393-06582-4.
  5. ^ Hildebrand, David K.; Schaaf, Elizabeth M. (2017). Musical Maryland: A History of Song and Performance from the Colonial Period to the Age of Radio. JHU Press. p. 138. ISBN 978-1-4214-2239-8.
  6. ^ Brothers, Thomas (2014). Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company. pp. 352–53. ISBN 978-0-393-06582-4.

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