New York's City Center Pays Tribiute to Duke Ellington

New York City Center plays host to lots of concerts, dance recitals and even musicals throughout the year (their annual Encores! series launched the currently running Chicago revival, among many other productions). The theater has been closed down for several months for a major renovation, but recently reopened in time for the 2011-2012 season.

This weekend, City Center is launching its partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center with a new musical revue, Cotton Club Parade, a celebration of Duke Ellington's years at the famed Harlem nightclub in the 1920s and '30s. With Ellington's music as the centerpiece, this production re-imagines and re-creates one of the composer's Cotton Club floor shows. The cast includes a mix of dancers, singers and Broadway actors (Tony-winner Adriane Lenox and tap-dance prodigy Kendrick Jones will perform), and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will be lead by legendary jazzman Wynton Marsalis.

The show only runs this weekend, so if your clients want to recreate a lost era of New York's cultural heritage (or just love some top-notch music), grab tickets quick.

 

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