The musical legacy of “The Duke” is celebrated in Duke Ellington’s SOPHISTICATED LADIES, a stylish and brassy retrospective that has taken audiences and critics alike by storm throughout the world. Winner of two Tony Awards, SOPHISTICATED LADIES is a glorious re-creation of the Duke Ellington big band sound and features all his most famous numbers, from the infamous Speak Easy era of the Cotton Club up to his death, including “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Satin Doll,” and the haunting “In a Sentimental Mood.” Featuring The Atlanta Lyric Orchestra and some of the metro area’s most talented performers, this song and dance extravaganza is an abundance of riches from the most sophisticated and sassy jazz king of them all

Local talent is phenomenal.  Kennesaw is represented by the tapping feet of Zach Everhart, Michael Perrson and Aaron Carter — Zach and Michael have studied under Tammy Everhart, Great Gig Dance since they were seven and Aaron is a product of Impact Dance of Atlanta, owned by Kari Carter in Acworth.  Just seeing the dancing was worth going, but we can’t leave out the voice of Kayce Grogan-Wallace, who teaches theater at Marietta Middle School.  She is amazing.  A graduate of KSU, she is this year’s teacher of the year for her school.

This is the last weekend to enjoy the smooth jazz sounds of Duke Ellington.  Tickets are available at www.atlantalyrictheatre.com.    The show is at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, 30060.