A Wonderful World

Ages: 12+
Opened: March 5, 2020
Closing: April 05, 2020

A Wonderful World - 2020 - Regional (US) History , Info & More

Colony Theatre
1040 Lincoln Rd Miami Beach, FL 33139

A world-premiere musical about jazz legend and singular American icon Louis Armstrong, featuring songs recorded and made popular by Armstrong, and original book by Aurin Squire, the multi-talented Opalocka-raised playwright and TV writer (This is Us, The Good Fight), and co-author of last season’s hit Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy. A Wonderful World, traces Armstrong’s odyssey, the musical genre he helped define, and the complex history of race in America, from the birth of jazz in Armstrong’s native New Orleans to international stardom and the Civil Rights era. Squire focuses his musical drama through the prism of the women in Armstrong’s life. Directed by Drama Desk winner and Tony nominee Christopher Renshaw. Music arranged by Annastasia Victory and Michael O. Mitchell.

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Video: A WONDERFUL WORLD Cast 'Performs St. James Infirmary' by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 19, 2023

Watch cast members of A Wonderful World St. James Infirmary in rehearsal!

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Watch Watch James Monroe Iglehart sing What A Wonderful World in rehearsals for the new musical A Wonderful World!

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 Love! Valour! Compassion! - Terrence McNally's most honored and celebrated play about eight gay friends who spend the holidays over one summer at one's beautiful hundred-year-old house in upstate New York, kicks off Island City Stage’s 12th season. Learn more about the production here!

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Algonquin Arts Theatre has announced the return of its popular Lifelong Learning Series for the 2023-2024 season. Algonquin Arts Theatre’s Lifelong Learning lectures cover a wide variety of topics related to the art they present on stage. Each lecture is 90-minutes long and light refreshments are served. All classes will conclude with a question and answer period.

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Louis Armstrong's First Christmas Album Featuring Final Recording, 'Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule,' Available To Stream Now by Michael Major - Oct 28, 2022

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CARBONELL AWARDS Previews Ceremony At Lauderhill Performing Arts Center Next Month by Stephi Wild - Oct 26, 2022

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Primary Wave Music Partners With Lively McCabe Entertainment to Develop New Stage Musicals by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 24, 2022

Primary Wave Music, the leading independent publisher of iconic and legendary music in the world, and Lively McCabe Entertainment, the production company led by Michael Barra, have announced a new partnership to develop a slate of new stage musicals.

Khamary Rose, Brennin Hunt, Sharon Leal & More to Star in INVINCIBLE - THE MUSICAL World Premiere at The Wallis by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 24, 2022

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CARBONELL AWARDS Issue Revised List of Nominations for 2021-2022 Theatre Season by Stephi Wild - Oct 11, 2022

After announcing this year’s list of Carbonell Award nominations last Friday, the organization quickly realized that clarifications and additions were necessary. This invariably happens with any complicated, first-time process, so the nonprofit organization ordered a recalculation of the scores in all 20 categories.

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Louis Armstrong's First-Ever Christmas Album 'Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule,' Featuring Final Recording, Sets Release by Michael Major - Sep 16, 2022

Now available for pre-order, Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule features nearly the entirety of Armstrong’s holiday output: six Decca singles from the ‘50s, including “Cool Yule,” “Christmas Night in Harlem,” and the swinging “‘Zat You Santa Claus?.” The 11-track album also features duets with Velma Middleton and Ella Fitzgerald.

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Never in my lifetime have we spent so much time thinking about health and illness as we have in the past few years.  

James Monroe Iglehart Will Star as Louis Armstrong in Reading of A WONDERFUL WORLD by Stephi Wild - Sep 6, 2022

A private industry reading will be held in New York City of A Wonderful World, a new musical based on the life and songs of jazz legend and American icon Louis Armstrong, starring Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart.

AIN'T TOO PROUD Comes to The Fabulous Fox Next Month by Stephi Wild - Aug 8, 2022

The Fabulous Fox Theatre and the producers of the Broadway smash hit musical AIN'T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS have announced  full casting for the First National Tour coming to St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox Theatre September 20 – October 2.

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OH MY GOD YOU GUYS: THE CONCERT to be Presented by Creating In Color & Black Theatre Coalition This Month by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 5, 2022

Following sold out concerts presentations of the musicals Hello Dolly and Hair, Black Theatre Coalition and Creating in Color are moving to the Triad Theater on Monday, July 18th at 7:00 PM. Oh My God You Guys celebrates the iconic music from the world of Legally Blonde!



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