Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre

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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).

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Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
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Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
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Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
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Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
John Douglas Thompson

Photo Coverage: John Douglas Thompson- Led SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Opens at Westside Theatre
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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.