Fleming to Star in Civic Light Opera's Sophisticated Ladies
The Tony-nominated musical revue Sophisticated Ladies will be presented by the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities Feb. 14-March 4 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Southern California.
Directed and choreographed by Cheryl Baxter, the production will feature musical direction by Steven
Smith. The cast will be headed by Eugene Fleming as the Racanteur with Lacy Phillips as the Jazzbo, Carol Hatchett as the Daneuse, Angela Teek as the Chanteuse, Jeffrey Williams as the Danseur, Misty Cotton as the Soubrette and Rob Thompson as the Hipster. The ensemble will include Dionne Figgins, Kaci Wilson, Travis Davidson, Ohmar Griffin, Kimberly Hoey, Jim Morrison and Chad Seib.
The design team comprisees Christopher Bevries (set design), Steven Young (lighting design) and John Feinstein (sound design).
Eugene Fleming made his Broadway debut in the original production of A Chorus Line. His other Main Stem credits include The Tap Dance Kid; Black and Blue; The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club; Swinging On a Star; Street Corner Symphony; Fosse; Kiss Me, Kate; One Mo' Time; The Look of Love; and Never Gonna Dance.
Sophisticated Ladies, a revue of the work of Duke Ellington, opened at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on March 1, 1981. Hinton Battle received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, and his co stars included Gregg Burge, Gregory Hines, Judith Jamison, Terri Klausner, P.J. Benjamin and Phyllis Hyman. Some of the tunes heard in this two-act musical include "Hit Me With a Hot Note," "It Don't Mean a Thing," "Take the 'A' Train," "Solitude," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "In a Sentimental Mood," "Mood Indigo" and the title tune.