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I live a life of primitivity with the mind of a child and an unquenchable thirst for sharps and flats....Living in a cave, I am almost a hermit, but there is a difference, for I have a mistress. Lovers have come and gone, but only my mistress stays. She is beautiful and gentle. She waits on me hand and foot. She is a swinger. She has grace. To her her speak, you can't believe your ears. She is ten thousand years old. She is as modern as tomorrow, a brand-new woman every day, and as endless as time mathematics. Living with her is a labyrinth of ramifications. I look forward to her every gesture.

Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one.
- Duke Ellington

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CAST
(in order of appearance)

HINTON BATTLE
GREGG BURGE
GREGORY HINES
JUDITH JAMISON
MERCEDES ELLINGTON
TERRI KLAUSNER
P. J. BENJAMIN
PHYLLIS HYMAN
PRISCILLA BASKERVILLE

Sophisticated Ladies....
Claudia Asbury, Mercedes Ellington, Paula Lynn, Wynonna Smith

.... and Gentlemen
Adrian Bailey, Michael Lichtefeld, Michael Scott Gregory, T. A. Stephens

Understudies
Understudies never substitute for listed players unless a specific announcement for the appearance is made at the time of performance.
Standby for Miss Hyman--Anita Moore and Naomi Moody;
for Miss Baskerville--Naomi Moody.
Mr. Hines --Hinton Battle and Gregg Burge; Miss Jamison--Wynonna Smith and Valerie Pettiford; Mr. Burge--Michael Scott Gregory and Faruma S. Williams; Miss Klausner--Paula Lynn; Mr. Benjamin--Michael Lichtefeld; Mr. Battle--T. A. Stephens and Faruma S. Williams; Sophisticated Lady -- Valerie Pettiford; Sophisticated Gentleman -- Faruma S. Williams.

Band Soloists
Piano--Lloyd Mayers; Drums--Richard Pratt; Trumpets--Barry Lee Hall, Jon Longo.

SYNOPSIS OF SCENES and MUSICAL NUMBERS

ACT I

Overture..................................... Mercer Ellington & the Band
"I've Got To Be a Rug Cutter" (1937)......... Hinton Battle, Gregg Burge, Michael Scott Gregory, Michael Lichtefeld

Music and lyrics by Duke Ellington.
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