Maine State Music Theater

Duke Ellington’s jazz masterpiece opens June 5

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:45pm

Maine State Music Theatre, in association with Fulton Theatre, is proud to present the dance and music-filled Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies, June 5 through June 22. Three acclaimed choreographers, Broadway's Mark Stuart, Broadway's Kenny Ingram and Marc Robin (who also directs) have joined to make this one memorable celebration.

This glamorous show-stopping production celebrates a jazz legend with a name that has stood the test of time. Duke Ellington's musical expression captivates audiences with his stylish big-band sound. Relive the days with such hits as "Take the 'A' Train," "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good," "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" and the title song "Sophisticated Ladies." This lavish musical extravaganza features spectacular dancing, outstanding vocals, and an onstage big band that will transport you back to the era when big band was "The Thing."

The cast stars Tony Award nominee Felicia P. Fields who earned her nomination for “The Color Purple;” E. Faye Butler who returns to MSMT having previously played Ode Mae Brown in the east coast premiere of “Ghost, The Musical;”  Carissa Gaughran whose credits include MSMT's Disney's “Beauty and the Beast,” “Saturday Night Fever,” and “Singin' In The Rain.”

The show also stars Neville Braithwaite whose credits include “The Wings of Icarus Jackson at the Kennedy Center,”  and National Tour credits include “The Phantom of the Opera;” and Tyler Johnson-Campion whose credits include “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Wiley and the Hairy Man.”

The creative team for Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies includes Marc Robin (Director and Choreographer), Kenny Ingram(Choreographer), Mark Stuart (Choreographer), Jaime Verazin (Assistant Choreographer), A. Scott Williams (Musical Director), Chuck S. Kading.

A complete list of show dates and times is available at

MSMT’s off-season Box Office is located at 22 Elm Street, Brunswick until May 28 when it moves to the Pickard Theater on the Bowdoin College Campus. For more information, and to buy tickets for the 2019 season, visit www.msmt.orgor call the Box Office at 207-725-8769.

MSMT’s summer performances take place at the Pickard Theater on the campus of Bowdoin College located at 1 Bath Road in Brunswick.