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Arena Stage’s Sophisticated Ladies extends through June 27

Duke Ellington’s SOPHISTICATED Ladies
NOW Through June 27, 2010

(Washington, D.C.) Arena Stage’s record-breaking and critically acclaimed production of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies will now continue its run at the historic Lincoln Theatre through June 27, 2010. The production, which is the highest grossing show in Arena Stage’s 60 year history, was directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and choreographed by its star, the legendary Broadway veteran Maurice Hines.

Tickets for the extension are on sale now through the Arena Stage Sales Office by calling (202) 488-3300 or visiting http://www.arenastage.org .

Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies is a musical revue based on the music of Duke Ellington and was conceived by Donald McKayle (Broadway’s and Arena’s Raisin), with music, dance and vocal arrangements by Lloyd Mayers, additional vocal arrangements by Malcolm Dodd and original music direction by Mercer Ellington. It explores the legacy of local jazz hero Duke Ellington and follows his journey from the beginnings in D.C. through his time in New York City to his national and international stardom. The show travels through a history of song and dance with an “authentic, jazzy, brassy sound and dancing of high voltage and precision” (The New York Times). Big band music, from the roaring ‘20s through the swing era, serves as the show’s soundtrack with hits like “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” and “Take the ‘A’ Train” while dance styles range from Charleston to swing to virtuosic tap.

Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies is sponsored by Hank and Charlotte Schlosberg and the Family of H. Max and Josephine F. Ammerman and Andrew Ammerman.

TICKETS: Tickets for Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies start at $25. Discount tickets are available for patrons purchasing tickets for multiple shows, students and groups. A limited number of $10 tickets for patrons ages 30 and under go on sale beginning each Monday for performances that week (All patrons must present valid ID). HOTTIX, a limited number of half-price, day-of-performance tickets, are available 90 to 30 minutes before curtain prior to every performance. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.arenastage.org, by phone at (202) 488-3300 or at the Arena Stage Sales Office at 1800 S. Bell Street, Arlington, VA 22202.

Sales Office/Subscriptions                  (202) 488-3300
TTY for deaf patrons                           (202) 484-0247
Group Sales Hotline                           (202) 488-4380

Info for patrons with disabilities          (202) 488-3300

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Managing Director Edgar Dobie, Washington, D.C.-based Arena Stage is the largest theater in the country dedicated to American plays and playwrights. Founded in 1950 by Zelda Fichandler, Thomas Fichandler and Edward Mangum, Arena Stage was one of the nation’s original resident theaters and has a distinguished record of leadership and innovation in the field. With the opening of the new Mead Center for American Theater in 2010, Arena Stage will be a leading center for the production, presentation, development and study of American theater. Now in its sixth decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 200,000. For more information please visit http://www.arenastage.org

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