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Music by Duke Ellington
Concept by Donald McKayle

Direction & Choreography by Brenda Didier & Florence Walker Harris
Music Direction by Jermaine Hill

A celebration of the artist many consider “the most important composer in the history of jazz,” this stylish salute to “The Duke” will transport audiences on a high-stepping, dynamic journey through the life and times of one of America’s greatest showmen.

From his early days at Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club through growing success at Carnegie Hall, on Broadway, in Hollywood and around the world, this elegant, Tony Award-nominated entertainment features Ellington’s biggest hits, including “Mood Indigo,” “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” “Hit Me With a Hot Note and Watch Me Bounce,” “Perdido,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” “In a Sentimental Mood” and many others.

Featuring Lydia Burke, Donterrio Johnson, Molly Kral, Donica Lynn, John Marshall, Jr, Lorenzo Rush Jr and Eustace J. Williams 
and Shantel Cribbs, Madison Piner, Jenna Schoppe, Terri K. Woodall, Chuckie Benson, Tristan Bruns, Kaimana Neil and Joey Stone
with Ariel M. Dorsey, De’Jah Jervai and Darren Patin

Reviews Program

Allstate is the principal sponsor for community outreach for Sophisticated Ladies.

Join Porchlight Music Theatre for FREE Duke Ellington-Themed Swing Dance Classes!

Porchlight Music Theatre is excited to announce a fun-filled 45 minutes of dance with Traffic Jam! Swing! Classes for a Duke Ellington-themed Swing classes will be available on the following Saturdays: February 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ruth Page Center.

These classes are FREE to the public and open to singles, couples and people of all dance abilities. Classes are held between Saturday Sophisticated Ladies performances.

Traffic Jam! Swing is a Chicago nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Chicago Swing Dance and Lindy Hop scene.


Based on availability, a select, limited number of Mainstage tickets will be on sale for $25 day of select performances. Rush tickets are subject to availability and limited to two (2) per person. All handling fees still apply. When tickets are available, they may be purchased directly through our box office, either in person or via phone, when we open each day at noon.*

*On Saturdays, Sundays, and select Mondays; box office hours vary. Please view our complete box office hours here.

STUDENT TICKETS: Based on availability, a limited number of student tickets are on sale for our Mainstage shows for $20. Tickets are subject to availability and limited to one (1) per student. Students must present a valid student ID when picking up tickets from will call. All handling fees still apply.

When available, tickets may be purchased directly through our box office, either in person or via phone, when we open each day. Tickets at 12 and Student Ticket discounts cannot be combined with additional offers or applied to previously purchased tickets.

For more information about our ticketing options, please call our box office at (773) 777-9884.


Tickets may not be sold or resold without prior consent from Porchlight Music Theatre.
We reserve the right to NOT honor tickets purchased from third parties
or outlets other than Porchlight Music Theatre and approved affiliates.
Seating is at the discretion of management.
All sales are final. No refunds.


Meet the cast of Sophisticated Ladies as they share their experiences from this production and answer audience questions. The Post-Performance Conversation is free and open to the public, and immediately follows that day’s performance.

Sunday, February 9 following the 2pm performance

Thursday, February 20 following the 7:30pm performance


Click here for more information

Saturday, Feb 153:30pm

Saturday, Feb 223:30pm


Getting Here

Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60610


Ruth Page Center for the Arts

1016 N. Dearborn St.  Chicago, IL 60610
(2-1/2 blocks south of Division St. and 4-1/2 blocks north of Chicago Ave.)

Public Transportation

The Ruth Page Center is easily accessible by bus (#22, #36, #70 and #156*) and “L” train (Red Line Clark & Division stop), visit the CTA website to plan your trip and for the most up-to-date information! *Please note the #156 LaSalle does not operate after 7:30/8:10pm, or on weekends or holidays.

Ruth Page

Ruth Page, North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL, United States