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01/02/1981 Ellington's "Sophisticated Ladies" premieres in NYC

Sophisticated Ladies is a musical revue based on the music of Duke Ellington. Sophisticated Ladies opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and closed after 767 performances and fifteen previews. The musical was conceived by Donald McKayle and directed by Michael Smuin.


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  • Music 

  • Critical reception