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Synopsis
Television version of the musical play based on the book by Cheryl L. West and adapted for the stage by West and Sheldon Epps. Twelfth Night, with an all African-American cast, is transformed into a romantic fable set in 1940s Harlem using Duke Ellington songs as its score. Directed for stage by Sheldon Epps and for television by Gary Halvorson.
Series
Great Performances
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Availability
No archive copy found (2006)
Notes
A CD of the musical with the original Broadway cast is available in the United States from retailers. The stage version was videotaped by the Theatre on Film and Tape (TOFT) at the Old Globe Theatre, Santiago and the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York. The TOFT recording is catalogued separately.
Subjects
Drama; Music
Keywords
jazz; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Black actors

Credits

Director
Gary Halvorson
Writer
Cheryl W. West
Music
Duke Ellington; Luther Henderson
Production Design
James Leonard Joy
Costume
Marianna Elliott
Choreographer
Mercedes Ellington
Contributor
Sheldon Epps
Cast
Clinton Derricks-Carroll 
Kevin Ramsey 
Natalie Venetia Belcon 
Nikki Crawford 
Raun Ruffin 
Richard Allen (2) 
Yvette Cason 

Production Company

Name

USA Pictures

Name

WNET

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