September 18, 1986
Queenie Pie
Composer:Duke Ellington
Librettist:George C. Wolfe
Synopsis
After 13 consecutive years as reigning queen of a Harlem beauty contest, Queenie Pie finds herself challenged by the younger, leggier, Cafe O'Lay. Faced with the possibility of defeat, Queenie searches for eternal youth, in an extended dream sequence on a mythical island. On this island, she comes to terms with aging and opens her heart to love. The opera ends with Queenie happily abdicating her crown and going off with Lil Daddy.

Productions
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Chicago Opera TheaterQueenie Pie2/2/2014 - 3/3/2014
Long Beach OperaQueenie Pie1/1/2014 - 2/2/2014


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Musical Style
Jazz-based; tonal; heartfelt ballads; American recitative-in the form of operatic, scat, and rap styles; some non-Western musical influences

Vocal & Musical Forces
Duke Ellington-style jazz orchestra; 8 female singers, 6 male singers, 6 dancers

Original Cast
Original Cast: Queenie, Teresa Burrell; Lil Daddy, Larry Marshall; Cafe O'Lay/Wife No. 1, Patty Lolley; LaVerne/Madame Bouffant/Sun Siren, Lillias White; La Grille/Madame Frenchi Bob/Sentimental Isle Siren, Teresa Bowers; LaRue/Madame Marcell/Island Girl/Sea Siren, Melodee Savage; Mayor/Chief, Ken Prymus; Judge Willie Bo Bo Brown/Sailor/Warrior, Andre Montgomery; others


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