Jelly's Last Jam 1992

Opened: April 26, 1992
Closing: September 05, 1993

Jelly's Last Jam - 1992 - Broadway History , Info & More

Virginia Theatre
245 W. 52nd St. New York, NY 10019

Jelly's Last Jam is a musical with a book by George C. Wolfe, lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, and music by Jelly Roll Morton and Luther Henderson. Based on the life and career of Morton, generally regarded as one of the primary driving forces behind the introduction of jazz to the American public in the early 20th century, it also serves as a social commentary on the African-American experience during the era.

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Jelly's Last Jam FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Shreveport Stomp [i]
The Crave
Kansas City Stomp
Mr. Jelly Lord
Someday Sweetheart [i]
Pep
If Someone Would Only Love Me [i]
Wolverine
Black Bottom Stomp
Mamie's Blues [i]
Original Jelly Roll Blues
Prologue
Jelly's Jam
In My Day
The Creole Way
The Whole World's Waitin' to Sing Your Song
Street Scene
Michigan Waters
Get Away Boy
Lonely Boy Blues
Something More
The Pool Game
That's How You Jazz
The Chicago Stomp
Play the Music for Me
Lovin'Is a Low Down Blues
Good Ole New York
Too Late, Daddy
That's the Way We Do Things in New Yawk
Door Slam
Jelly's Isolation Dance
The Last Chance Blues
The Last Chance
The Last Rites
Boy, Pretty Boy
Creole Boy
We Are the Rhythms That Color Your Song
Jelly Dancing on the Moon
De Chimney Man
Le Famile Creole
L'Abandonnement
Jizz/Jazz
Don't You Leave Me Here
You Can't Stop Jelly (When Jelly's on a Roll)
The Night's Singing Another Song
Welcome to West Hell
Listen Fool
I'm Here
You
The Hunnies' Rag
Winin' Boy
Someday Sweetheart [ii]
Doctor Jazz
Doctor Jazz
Jelly's Last Jam has had 5 productions including New York which opened in 1985, Regional (US) which opened in 1991, Broadway which opened in 1992, Broadway which opened in 1992 and which opened in 2006.
Best Musical , , Best Book of a Musical for George C. Wolfe, Best Choreography for Hope Clarke, Best Choreography for Ted L. Levy, Best Choreography for Gregory Hines, Best Costume Design for Toni-Leslie James , Best Direction of a Musical for George C. Wolfe , Best Lighting Design for Jules Fisher , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Jelly Roll Morton , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Luther HendersonBest Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Susan Birkenhead and Best Revival for Robin Wagner.
Best Book of a Musical for George C. Wolfe, Best Choreography for Hope Clarke, Best Choreography for Ted L. Levy, Best Choreography for Gregory Hines, Best Costume Design for Toni-Leslie James , Best Direction of a Musical for George C. Wolfe , Best Lighting Design for Jules Fisher , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Jelly Roll Morton , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Luther Henderson, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Susan Birkenhead, Best Revival for Robin Wagner, .
Jelly's Last Jam has been nominated for several awards. It was nominated for Best Broadway Musical and Best Choreography at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. The choreography nominations were for Hope Clarke, Gregory Hines, and Ted Levy. The show was also nominated for Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Choreography (three nominations), Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Director - Musical, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Lyrics, Outstanding Musical, and Outstanding Orchestration at the Drama Desk Awards. Additionally, it received nominations for Costume Design and Lighting Design at The Hewes Awards.
Jelly's Last Jam has won several awards. It won the Best Broadway Musical award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. The show also received multiple awards for choreography, with Hope Clarke, Gregory Hines, and Ted Levy all winning in this category at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. At the Drama Desk Awards, Jelly's Last Jam won Outstanding Book of a Musical for George C. Wolfe and Outstanding Choreography for Hope Clarke, Gregory Hines, and Ted L. Levy. The show also received awards for Outstanding Costume Design for Toni-Leslie James, Outstanding Director - Musical for George C. Wolfe, Outstanding Lighting Design for Jules Fisher, Outstanding Lyrics for Susan Birkenhead, Outstanding Musical, and Outstanding Orchestration for Luther Henderson. Additionally, Jelly's Last Jam received awards at The Hewes Awards for Costume Design (Toni-Leslie James) and Lighting Design (Jules Fisher). These accolades recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of the show and its creative team.

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