Honky Tonk Nights

Biltmore Theatre

Previews Began: June 23, 1986

Opening Night: August 7, 1986

Closing Night: August 9, 1986

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Music: Michael Valenti

Lyrics: Ralph G. Allen

David Campbell

Book: Ralph G. Allen

David Campbell

A black vaudeville troupe moves from Hell’s Kitchen to Harlem, with its star duo getting some additional opportunities from white show business that require personal compromise and threaten to tear them apart.

Musical Numbers

The Honky Tonk Nights Rag (or Professor Walker      
and His Solo Symphony)……………………..The Sampson
                                                                Philharmonia
Honky Tonk Nights……….Sampson and His Company
Hot and Bothered………………………………Lily Meadows
Roll with the Punches………..Barney Walker, Ivy Vine,
                                          Countess Aida, Kitty Stark,
                                  Armistead Sampson, Ruby Bush
Lily of the Alley………….Billy Sampson, Winston Grey,
                                   Sparks Roberts, Barney Walker,
                               Montgomery Boyd, Lily Meadows
Choosing a Husband’s a Delicate                                 
Thing………………Barney Walker, Armistead Sampson,
                                                      George Gooseberry
Little Dark Bird………………………………….Lily Meadows
Withered Irish Rose….Barney Walker, Lily Meadows,
                                                        Montgomery Boyd,
                                                      George Gooseberry,
                                                     Armistead Sampson
A Lush Ballad……………Billy Sampson, Countess Aida, 
                                                                        Ivy Vine
Eggs………………………….Barney Walker, Lily Meadows
A Ticket to the Promised                                              
Land…………………………………..The Sampson Company

Overture: The Promised Land……….The Pyromaniacs
Stomp the Blues Away…………The Sampson Company
I’ve Had It………………….Barney Walker, Lily Meadows
The Sampson Beauties…………….Ivy Vine, Kitty Stark,
                                                                    Ruby Bush
The Reform Song…………………………….Barney Walker,
                                                      George Gooseberry,
                                                     Armistead Sampson
I Took My Time…………………………………Lily Meadows
The Brothers Vendetto……………………Barney Walker,
                                                      George Gooseberry,
                                                     Armistead Sampson
A Man of Many Parts………………………..Barney Walker
Finale…………………………………The Sampson Company

CAST

Kaman Adilifu           Sampson Philharmonia Member
Susan Beaubian                                     Countess Aida
George Broderick      Sampson Philharmonia Member
Teresa Burrell                                         Lily Meadows
M. Demby Cain                               Montgomery Boyd
Lloyd Culbreath                                    Sparks Roberts
John Gale                   Sampson Philharmonia Member
Yolanda Graves                                            Ruby Bush
Ira Hawkins                                            Billy Sampson
Robert Keller             Sampson Philharmonia Member
Robin Kersey                                               Kitty Stark
David Krane              Sampson Philharmonia Member
Kyme                                                                Ivy Vine
Gregory Maker          Sampson Philharmonia Member
Joe Morton                                            Barney Walker
Charles Bernard Murray                                    Patron
Keith Rozie                                             Winston Grey
James Sedlar             Sampson Philharmonia Member
Andrew Stein            Sampson Philharmonia Member
Danny Strayhorn                          Armistead Sampson
Reginald Vel Johnson                    George Gooseberry
Quinten White          Sampson Philharmonia Member

Understudies: Julia Lema-Jackson (Ruby Bush, Countess Aida, Kitty Stark)

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