Companies team to produce new musical revue
New York City Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center are teaming to create new stage musical revue “Cotton Club Parade,” about Duke Ellington’s time at the legendary Harlem nightspot.Show will be presented as a separate production and not as part of City Center’s annual Encores! series of semi-staged concert readings. It will have a score performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by music director and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Warren Carlyle, whose recent Encores! stagings include Broadway transfer “Finian’s Rainbow,” helms. New show is modeled on the revue productions — including singers, dancers, comedians and other variety acts — presented anually at the Cotton Club, where Ellington had a four-year residency that began in 1927. “Parade” kicks off a producing partnership between City Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center, planned to yield new productions biannually at alternating venues. With “Parade” bowing at City Center, the subsequent offering is skedded for the 2013-14 season at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. “Cotton Club Parade” runs Nov. 18-22. Encores! offerings for the 2011-12 season remain to be announced.