Recently restored and remastered tapes of the 1981 Tony winning DUKE ELLINGTON'S SOPHISTICATED LADIES are now being exhibited on the big screen for the first time. The historic first live-in-performance capture of a currently running Broadway musical will be presented in remastered in 5.1 surround sound. The production features the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington and a knockout cast includes Grammy-winner Phyllis Hyman and 3-time Tony-winner, Hinton Battle. An all-star score celebrates the Duke with "Take the "A" Train", "I'm Beginning to See the Light", "Hit Me With a Hot Note and Watch Me Bounce", "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)", In a Sentimental Mood", "Sophisticated Lady", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "Satin Doll", and "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good," among many others.
In his review for The New York Times, Frank Rich wrote that "...the new musical revue at the Lunt-Fontanne, is an [Duke] Ellington celebration that just won't quit until it has won over the audience with dynamic showmanship...it rides so high on affection, skill and, of course, stunning music that the lapses don't begin to spoil the fun. What's more, this is the only Broadway revue of recent vintage that operates on a truly grand scale."