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Cover to Original Broadway Cast RecordingBubbling Brown Sugar

A Musical Revue in Two Acts, 9 Scenes . Book by Loften Mitchell. Based on a concept by Rosetta LeNoire. Additional music by Danny Holgate, Emme Kemp, Lillian Lopez. Directed by Robert M. Cooper. Choreography and musical staging by Billy Wilson. Musical direction by Danny Holgate. Sets by Clarke Dunham. Costumes by Bernard Johnson. Lighting by Barry Arnold. Projections by Lucie D. Grosvenor, Clarke Dunham. Choral arrangements by Chapman Roberts. Sound design by Joel S. Fichman. A Media House Production. Produced by J. Lloyd Grant, Richard Bell, Robert M. Cooper, Ashton Springer in association with Moe Septee, Inc.

Opened 2 March 1976 at the ANTA Theatre and closed 31 December 1977 (766 perfs).


(in order of appearance):

Irene Paige

John Sage
Time Man
Gospel Lady's Son
Gospel Lady
Young Irene

Young Sage
Young Checkers
Female Nightclub Singer
The Solitunes
Male Nightclub Singer
Dutch's Girl


Musical Numbers.

  1. Harlem "70" (Music by Danny Holgate. Lyrics by Loften Mitchell.) - Company
  2. Bubbling Brown Sugar" (Music by Danny Holgate. Lyrics by Lillian Lopez and Emme Kemp.) - Company
  3. (That's) What Harlem Is to Me" (from CONNIE'S HOT CHOCO-LATES OF 1935) (Music and Lyrics by Andy Razaf, Russell Wooding, Paul Denniker.) - Irene Paige
  4. Bill Robinson Specialty - Bill
  5. Harlem Sweet Harlem" (Music by Danny Holgate. Lyrics by Loften Mitchell.) - Company
  6. Nobody" (interpolated into ZIEGFELD FOLLIES OF 1910) (Music and Lyrics by Axel Rogers and Bert Williams.) - John Sage
  7. Coin' Back in Time" (Music by Danny Holgate.) - Bill
  8. "Pray for the Lights to Go Out" (Music and Lyrics by Renton Tunnan and Will Skidmore.) - Checkers
  9. "I Got It Bad" (from JUMP FOR JOY) (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster.) -
  10. Harlem Makes Me Feel! (Music and Lyrics by Emme Kemp.) - Charlie
  11. "Jim, Jam, Jumpin' Jive" (Music and Lyrics by Cab Calloway.) - Bill, Skip, Young Sage
  12. "There'll Be Some Changes Made" (Music and Lyrics by W. Benton Overstreet and Billy Higgins.) - Irene Paige
  13. "God Bless the Child" - (Music and Lyrics by Arthur Herzog, Jr. and Billie Holliday.) - Marsha
  14. "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Irving Mills.) - Male Night Club Singer, Waiter, Irene Paige, Company
  15. "Some of These Days" (Music and Lyrics by Shelton Brooks.) - Judy
  16. "Moving Uptown" (Music by Danny Holgate. Lyrics by Loften Mitchell and Emme Kemp.) - Bill
  17. "Strolling"' (Music by Danny Holgate.) - Gene, Laura, Skip, Norma, Young Sage, Helen
  18. "I'm Gonna Tell God All My Troubles" (traditional) - Gene

  19. Medley:

    His Eye Is on the Sparrow"
    'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" (traditional) - Female Nightclub Singer, Company
    "Sweet Georgia Brown" (Music and Lyrics by Maceo Pinkard, Ben Bernie and Kenneth Casey.) - Marsha, Skip, Young Sage
    "Honeysuckle Rose" (from LOAD OF COAL) (Music by Fats Waller. Lyrics by Andy Razaf.) - Irene Paige, John Sage

  20. "Stormy Monday Blues" (Music and Lyrics by Earl Hines, Billy Eckstine and Bob Crowder.) - Female Nightclub Singer
  21. "Rosetta" (Music and Lyrics by Earl Hines and Henri Woode.) - Gene, Skip, Young Sage
  22. "Sophisticated Lady" (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Irving Mills and Mitchell Parish.) - Male Night Club Singer, Helen, Bill
  23. "In Honeysuckle Time (When Emaline Said She'd Be Mine)" (from SHUFFLE ALONG) (Music by Eubie Blake. Lyrics by Noble Sissle.) - John Sage, Checkers
  24. "Solitude" (Music by Duke Ellington. Lyrics by Eddie DeLange and Irving Mills.) - Marsha, Gene, Skip, Young Sage
  25. "C'mon Up to Jive Time" - (Music by Danny Holgate.) - Bill

  26. Medley: - Company

    "Stompin' at the Savoy" (Music by Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson and Chick Webb. Lyrics by Andy Razaf.)
    "Take the "A" Train" (Music and Lyrics by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.)

  27. "Harlem —Time" (Music by Danny Holgate.) - Bill
  28. "Love Will Find a Way" (from SHUFFLE ALONG) (Music by Eubie Blake. Lyrics by Noble Sissle.) - Male Night Club Singer, Ella
  29. "Dutch's Song" (Music and Lyrics by Emme Kemp.) - Waiter
  30. "Brown Gal" (Music and Lyrics by Avon Long and Lil Armstrong.) - John Sage

Scenes and Settings

Act I

Scene 1: Harlem Today. The rest of the action takes place in old Harlem between 1920 and 1940.
Scene 2: Downtown Speakeasy.
Scene 3: 125th Street and Seventh Avenue.
Scene 4: 135th Street and Lenox Avenue.
Scene 5: Harlem Night Spots.
Scene 6: At the Savoy.

Act 2

Scene 1: Lenox Avenue — A few minutes later.
Scene 2: Another street in Harlem.
Scene 3: Small's Paradise.


Original Broadway Cast Recording: H & L Records 9109 011