In Performance: SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF' John Douglas Thompson
This week's New York Times In Performance video features actor John Douglas Thompson in a scene from "Satchmo at the Waldorf," Terry Teachout's one-man show which explores the life of legendary jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong. In this scene Mr. Thompson portrays both Armstrong and Joe Glaser, his manager of 40 years. Click here to watch!
Following acclaimed, sold-out runs at Long Wharf Theatre and Shakespeare and Company, Terry Teachout's play Satchmo at the Waldorf, stars John Douglas Thompson. Directed by Gordon Edelstein, Satchmo at the Waldorf just opened last night at Off Broadway's Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street). Check out photos from opening night below!
In March of 1971, one of the greatest music legends the world would ever know was performing the final set of shows he would ever play at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. But the audiences who adored him onstage never really saw the man behind the trumpet. In Terry Teachout's searing and surprisingly intimate play, Satchmo at the Waldorf, we encounter Louis Armstrong where few ever had the chance to see him: backstage. Reflecting on his own unlikely career amidst a rapidly changing society, the icon is stripped bare, revealing complexities and contradictions that his omnipresent smile, horn and handkerchief belied. Critically acclaimed actor John Douglas Thompson, seamlessly morphing between Armstrong, his manager Joe Glaser, and fellow trumpeter MiLes Davis, gives one of the most vivid portraits ever created for the stage.
Tickets for Satchmo at the Waldorf, priced at $39 and $79, are available online via Telecharge.com or by phone at (212) 239-6200/(800-432-7250. Tickets will also be available for purchase in person, at The Westside Theatre Box Office (407 West 43rd Street).