Ted Louis Levy to Star in JELLY'S LAST JAM at Le Petit Theatre
Stepping out of directing three concert events in New York, between September 23 - November 15, 2016; SHOW STOPPERS - Linda Twine (Producer), Erich McMillan McCall (Company Manager), Bernita Robinson (Stage Manager), Joseph Joubert (Music Director), BrIan Whitted (Choral Director) with Angela Robinson (Have & Have Nots), Phillip Boykin (Porgy & Bess), Victor Cook (Smokey Joe's Cafe); Lawrence Craig (Savonlinna Internation Opera), Ramona Dunlap (Nina Simone). APARTMENT 33 - Chloe & Maud Arnold Productions - at Arron Davis Hall; with Asha Griffith, Jabu Graybeal, Gerson Lanza, Josh Nixon, Vikas Arun, Robin Passmore, Aubrey Cheeks, Suzanne Clendon, Brianna Taylor, Jenna Roe, Simone Posey and Charles Renato. SWING THE VOTE... - George Faison (Artistic Consultant), Beverly Ann Moore, Alonzo Saunders, Ted Louis Levy (Writers) - with Stacie Precia Robinson (Jelly's Last Jam); Alonzo Saunders (Chicago), Raun Ruffin (Sophisticated Ladies), Alphondzo A. Brown (Day Before Heaven), Amber Nicole (The Voice), Assaf Gleiszner (Musical Director), Geoff Burke (Featured musician - Sax), Tislarm Bouie dancers, Tap Dancers: Arleigh Rothenbergh, Josh Nixon, Makiko Kuri, Beverly Ann Moore, Claudia Rahardjanoto, C.K. Edwards and the legendary Mable Lee.
For the first time in New Orleans, Le Petit produces the Tony award-winning musical that tells the true story of Ferdinand Joseph LeMothe, a.k.a. Jelly Roll Morton. Born a Creole American in the Faubourg Marigny, Jelly Roll Morton took the music he found in the cribs of Storyville out into the wide world. He became a star in Harlem, Chicago, and Los Angeles, going so far as to proclaim himself as the "creator of jazz." Featuring explosive dance and an original score inspired by the best musical traditions of New Orleans, Jelly's Last Jam is the musical triumph that won't give you the blues.
Ted is delightfully honored, to swing into the La' Petit Theater with Director Jackie Alexander, as Jelly Roll Morton in their new production of Jelly's Last Jam, from Jan 27 - Feb 12, 2017.
Ted's collaboration with Gregory Hines for the Broadway production of George C. Wolfe's Jelly's Last Jam and incorporating Tap Dance as an intrigal part of the story line, as with the theatrical exploit of Agnes DeMills journey with Oklahoma, was a life altering experience. Further exploring the musical metaphor with the art form of Tap Dance, as the rhythmic compliment to Jelly's music, excited and solidified Ted's continuing theatrical journey between story & tap dance.
Marking his new beginning with his directorial debut, with the New York Shakespeare Public Theater, at the Delacorte Theater with Dancing Under The Stars; onward as the assistant to the choreographer, dance supervisor and Tap dance Trainer with Bring In Da' Noise - Bring In Da' funk, followed by Susan Stroman & Harry Conick Jr.'s, Thou Shalt Not. Ted seeks to develop works that tell stories both contemporary and historic. Highlighting legacys that deserve to be remembered such the legendary Gregory Hines with (Director) Jackie Alexander; Sammy Davis Jr. with Alonzo Saunders & Beverly Ann Moore and Nina Simone with Ramona Dunlap. As a literary student, Ted's efforts to help secure the legacy of contemporary artists by developing new works such as The Last Swingin' Black Jew (Joyfully, swinging through his personal and cultural, duality).