Sophisticated Ladies Review

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Emily Mohr Tap I Mark Santillano 10/17/07 Sophisticated Ladies Review Sophisticated Ladies is set to the music of the legendary Duke Ellington. The featured stars were Hinton Battle, Gregg Burge, Phyllis Hyman, Paula Kelly and Terry Klausner. This show was originally created in 1981, but some of the original cast appeared in the movie viewed. The stage was set with the band elevated and positioned in the back, and with two piano key staircases, one on either side. The performers danced in front of the band and also occasionally on the stairs. What I enjoyed most about this show was the incredible versatility of the performers. Not only where they phenomenal dancers, but their vocal talent was equally matched. The music of Duke Ellington was the center of the show. I thought that this was a very interesting way to focus a show, instead of following a story as usually done. While a musical revue may make it challenging to have the dancing flow from one piece to another, oftentimes the music transitioned into another song without a pause. One way that they made reference to the music through their dancing was the piece where the girls
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course TAP 201 taught by Professor Santillano during the Fall '08 term at Mercyhurst.

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