Swing, Baby, Swing!

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Swing, Baby, Swing! is a new musical by Norma Miller and Dance Houston about love, joy, and bringing people together. It is inspired by the life and times of the original Lindy Hoppers, who danced at The Savoy Ballroom, the first integrated public ballroom in the United States.

Miller (A Day at the Races, Keep Punchin, Hellzapoppin', Malcolm X) was a principal dancer in Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers -- the world’s most celebrated Lindy Hop dance company -- who soared with Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, and Ethel Waters during the height of the swing era. From Hollywood to Brazil, Paris and beyond, Miller dazzles when she takes the stage!

The musical features original songs by Miller including "Swing, Baby, Swing" and "Swingin’ Frankie's Way", a tribute to the late, great Frankie Manning. It also features her favorite songs from the Tony-nominated musical Bubbling Brown Sugar by Lofton Mitchell with big band favorites "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing" and "Stompin' at the Savoy". The ensemble recreates the 1937 dance craze The Big Apple and tops the breakdancing and air steps memorialized in the 1930’s Hollywood films by The Marx Brothers (A Day at the Races, Olsen and Johnson’s Hellzapoppin’).

Miller was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for creating and continuing to preserve “the acrobatic style swing dance, known as the Lindy Hop”. Miller inspires through world tours, films, a memoir, and an illustrated young reader's book. Swing, Baby, Swing! shares her message through the very thing that makes it special: music and dance.

Dance Houston is co-producing with A.E.A. Broadway performing veteran Dwight Baxter (Bob Fosse and Hal Prince’s Grind, Woman of the Year with Lauren Bacall, Three Musketeers, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Treemonisha). The musical is directed and choreographed by Carla Earle (The Wiz, 42nd Street, Chicago, Ragtime andBubbling Brown Sugar) with featured performer Alde Lewis (My One and Only, Big Deal, The Cotton Club).

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 AM-1:00 PM. If tickets remain at 1:00 PM, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill. The shows goes on rain or shine.

Produced by Dance Houston

Location: Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston , TX 77030

Date: Oct. 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m. - Oct. 13, 2017, 11 p.m.