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Play On!: A New Musical (1997 Original Broadway Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
The spiritual successor to Broadway's 1981 Duke Ellington tribute, Sophisticated Ladies, 1997's Play On! differs from the earlier show's song-dance-revue format by presenting an actual story, in this case Shakespeare's Twe... more »
The spiritual successor to Broadway's 1981 Duke Ellington tribute, Sophisticated Ladies, 1997's Play On! differs from the earlier show's song-dance-revue format by presenting an actual story, in this case Shakespeare's Twelfth Night transported to Harlem. And while Sophisticated Ladies's pedigree included the composer's son, Mercer, directing the music and his daughter, Mercedes, in the cast, Play On! benefited from the same Mercedes contributing the choreography and making available her father's vast catalog. The result is a powerhouse combination of a strong cast (including Cheryl Freeman, Carl Anderson, Lawrence Hamilton, and Tonya Pinkins), master arranger Luther Henderson, and 19 great Ellington songs, among them "Take the 'A' Train," "Mood Indigo," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and "It Don't Mean a Thing." --David Horiuchi
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Susan B. Antonia | New York, NY USA | 01/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderful CD that superbly captures the spirit of the musical. Be sure not to miss the April 5th broadcast (9-11 PM EST) of the musical on PBS' Great Performances series!"
A celebration of Ellingtons music in todays world
Susan B. Antonia | 03/31/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Play On (soundtrack) is alot like Ellington himself, fun, directed and to the point. Unfortunalty few saw the show on broadway, but the music lives on in this inspired cd that blends Ellingtons music and Shakespeares theme and poetry. Derived from twelve night, the music takes Vy through Harlem in search of what is right. A beat is never missed and If you were lucky enough to have caught the show, the Soundtrack evokes memories of a Legitimate Thearte success, that the public didn't want to grasp."