Dance Houston presents Swing, Baby, Swing!
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 1930s Hollywood films by The Marx Brothers (A Day at the Races, Olsen and Johnson’s Hellzapoppin’).