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Luther Henderson

 
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Stage Credits

Productions

 
[New York, 2004]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1999]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Orchestrations
 
[Broadway, 1992]
Orchestrator
Music Adaptation
 
[Broadway, 1988]
Orchestrations/Arrangements
 
[Broadway, 1981]
Orchestrations/Dance Arrangements
 
[West End, 1979]
Musical Supervisor
Orchestrations/Arrangements
 
[Broadway, 1978]
Orchestrations/Arrangements
 
[Broadway, 1976]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1975]
Dance Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1974]
Dance/Incidental Music
 
[West End, 1973]
Dance/Incidental Music
 
[Broadway, 1972]
Orchestrations/Vocal Arrangements
Dance Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1971]
Dance/Incidental Music
 
[Broadway, 1970]
Orchestrations/Vocal Arrangements
Dance Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1967]
Dance Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1964]
Dance Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1963]
Orchestrations/Arrangements
 
[Broadway, 1962]
Dance Music Arranger
 
[US Tour, 1962]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1961]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1960]
Orchestrator

Writing

Composer
Composer
Composer


Luther Henderson Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Orchestrations Gold Star
Luther Henderson, Little Ham
 
Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Orchestrations
Luther Henderson, Play On!
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1992 - Outstanding Orchestration
Luther Henderson, Jelly's Last Jam
 
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Luther Henderson, Jelly's Last Jam

Luther Henderson News

Review: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at Titusville Playhouse Photo Review: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at Titusville Playhouse
by Joseph Harrison - Sep 17, 2022

Thomas “Fats” Waller, a pioneer in jazz piano, was a prolific composer, writing over 400 songs in his lifetime, with hits like “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Honeysuckle Rose” even making it into the Grammy Hall of Fame. So, it is no surprise that in 1978 a Broadway Musical, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ premiered featuring dozens of Waller’s songs and a cast of five African American actors, including a young Andre de Shields (HADESTOWN) and the late, great Nell Carter who won a Tony Award for her performance. Since its premiere, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ has lived on, thrilling audiences all around the world including the latest production at the Titusville Playhouse in Titusville, FL – an energetic and electric production that sizzles from beginning to end.

Long Wharf Theatre Announces Additional Details on Fall Programming Featuring JELLY'S Photo Long Wharf Theatre Announces Additional Details on Fall Programming Featuring JELLY'S LAST JAM & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 14, 2022

Long Wharf Theatre announced today additional details for fall programming at 222 Sargent Drive as part of Act 1 of its 2022-2023 season. Dignity, Always Dignity will be presented on September 10 and 11, while performances for Jelly’s Last Jam will take place on September 17 and 18.

Interview: Musical Director Mike Dixon Talks About His Amazing Career Photo Interview: Musical Director Mike Dixon Talks About His Amazing Career
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Aug 15, 2022

Mike Dixon is one of the theatre industries legendary characters. With over forty years in the business, he has been Musical Director for more than twenty West End productions.

Regional Premiere of THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS Added to Theatre Under the Stars 2022/2 Photo Regional Premiere of THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS Added to Theatre Under the Stars 2022/23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 6, 2022

Today, Theatre Under The Stars announced changes to its upcoming 2022/23 Season including the addition of a brand new show. TUTS will be producing the regional premiere of The Secret of My Success. Based on the hit 1980s film that starred Michael J. Fox.

DIGNITY, ALWAYS DIGNITY, JELLY'S LAST JAM Concert & More Announced for Long Wharf The Photo DIGNITY, ALWAYS DIGNITY, JELLY'S LAST JAM Concert & More Announced for Long Wharf Theatre 2022/2023 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 26, 2022

Long Wharf Theatre yesterday announced the launch of its 2022/2023 season, “Everywhere for Everyone.” Under its new model, audiences will see programming radiating out from the institution's storied home at 222 Sargent Drive and into communities across Greater New Haven.

BWW Review: JELLYS LAST JAM at Theatre Latte Da Photo BWW Review: JELLYS LAST JAM at Theatre Latte Da
by Jared Fessler - Apr 3, 2022

Theatre Under The Stars Announces 2022/23 Season Featuring THE GRISWOLDS' BROADWAY VA Photo Theatre Under The Stars Announces 2022/23 Season Featuring THE GRISWOLDS' BROADWAY VACATION & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 15, 2022

Today, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) announced the exciting line-up of musicals for its 2022/23 Season featuring a beloved Disney classic and pre-Broadway co-production with Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre.

American Symphony Orchestra Salutes The Great Duke Ellington at Carnegie Hall, March  Photo American Symphony Orchestra Salutes The Great Duke Ellington at Carnegie Hall, March 24
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 22, 2022

Music Director Leon Botstein will lead the American Symphony Orchestra on March 24 in a tribute to the genre-defying genius of the great Duke Ellington with an all-Ellington symphonic concert at Carnegie Hall, where the composer played a series of annual concerts and premiered many of his greatest works, including Black, Brown, and Beige and New World A-Comin'.

ONCE, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD and More Announced for Centre Stage 2022- 2023 Season Photo ONCE, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD and More Announced for Centre Stage 2022- 2023 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 28, 2022

Centre Stage has announced its 2022-2023 Season as well as a long-awaited rebrand.

OPERA America Announces Third Cycle of IDEA Opera Grants Photo OPERA America Announces Third Cycle of IDEA Opera Grants
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 5, 2022

OPERA America has announced the third cycle of IDEA Opera Grants (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access), an initiative that supports teams of composers and librettists who identify as African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and/or Native American in the development of new operatic works and the advancement of their careers in the opera industry.

Luther Henderson Videos

STAGE TUBE: Let's Roll! Watch Highlights from JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Aug 9, 2016

Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM, directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story) and choreographed byJared Grimes (Broadway's After Midnight), runs now through September 11 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. The musical about famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton by George C. Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead, and Luther Henderson features the music of Jelly Roll Morton. Click below to watch highlights from the show!

STAGE TUBE: Go Behind the Scenes with JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Aug 3, 2016

Below, check out the cast of Jelly's Last Jam in the rehearsal room, plus watch Signature's talented, hardworking tech crew transform the MAX Theatre from a drag club on the French Riviera in La Cage aux Folles to the Jungle Inn, a 1920s jazz club, for Jelly's Last Jam!

STAGE TUBE: New Trailer for JELLY'S LAST JAM, Starring Mark G Meadows and Cleavant Derricks at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Jul 21, 2016

Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM, directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story) and choreographed by Jared Grimes (Broadway's After Midnight), runs August 2 - September 11 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. The musical about famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton by George C. Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead, and Luther Henderson features the music of Jelly Roll Morton. Click below to watch a teaser for the show!


Luther Henderson Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Luther Henderson written?
Luther Henderson has written 3 shows including Doctor Jazz (Composer), The Crystal Tree (Composer), Jelly's Last Jam (Composer).

What awards has Luther Henderson been nominated for?
Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Little Ham , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Play On! Outstanding Orchestration (Drama Desk Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam .

What awards has Luther Henderson won?
Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Little Ham.