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Jelly's Last Jam - 1991 - Regional (US)

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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Mark Taper Forum

( Los Angeles, CA)
135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 3, 2021
Legendary star of Broadway, Brian Stokes Mitchell will perform for one night only at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on September 11th at 8pm.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 20, 2021
COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will make its West Palm Beach debut at Kravis Center for a limited engagement November 16 - 21. COME FROM AWAY will go on sale October 2 at 10 am.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 29, 2020
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced Master Class with Ben Vereen, a one-day online acting class led by Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen, on Monday, November 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. via Zoom. This is an exclusive opportunity to work with a Tony Award-winning master, and is available to just 12 students.
by Michael Major - Oct 18, 2021
Billy Porter appeared on Good Morning America this morning to discuss his new memoir, the final season of POSE, and his film directorial debut. Watch the full interview now!
by Stephi Wild - Oct 10, 2021
CHICKEN & BISCUITS, the new comedy written by Douglas Lyons and directed by Zhailon Levingston, officially opens tonight, October 10, at the Circle in the Square Theatre. 
by Stephi Wild - Oct 10, 2021
This morning, CBS Sunday Morning aired a segment on actor-dancer-singer-director and Broadway veteran Billy Porter. In the interview, Porter talks with correspondent Seth Doane about a childhood filled with years of rejection, doubt and abuse – and about how he survived and triumphed.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 30, 2020
The League of Professional Theatre Women will bestow the 2020 LPTW Rachel Crothers Leadership Award to multi-award-winning actress, author, and activist, Tonya Pinkins. The award will be presented on Monday, December 7 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm on Zoom.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 22, 2020
The worldwide smash hit, Tony and Olivier award-winning musical COME FROM AWAY, will open at QPAC's Lyric Theatre from 28 March 2021 for a strictly limited season. It will be the first major musical to open in Queensland since the COVID-enforced shutdown.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 19, 2020
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced an eight-part online Master Class in acting led by Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen starting Monday, January 25, via Zoom. This is an exclusive opportunity to work with a Tony Award-winning master who will guide participants through monologue and song preparation.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 13, 2020
The League of Professional Theatre Women will bestow the 2020 LPTW Rachel Crothers Leadership Award to multi-award-winning actress, author, and activist, Tonya Pinkins. The award will be presented on Monday, December 7 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm on Zoom.
by Stephi Wild - May 6, 2021
Olney Theatre Center announced a return to live performances today with plans for “Olney Outdoors” on its Root Family Stage, featuring free Shakespeare, an in-person edition of its popular online series “Just Arts: A Celebration of Arts and Activism,” jazz concerts, the new Andrew A. Isen Cabaret  Series, theatre for young audiences and more.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2021
Today, Red Bull Theater announced the first public presentation of a new dramatization of Ben Jonson’s Sejanus, His Fall, adapted and directed by Nathan Winkelstein, Red Bull’s Associate Artistic Director. 
by Stephi Wild - May 27, 2021
I'm Still Here, a new virtual benefit for The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Billy Rose Theatre Division, will stream on Broadway On Demand on June 23. The evening is a celebration of the division's 90th Anniversary, and the 50th  Anniversary of its beloved Theatre on Film and Tape Archive and will honor Harold Prince and George C. Wolfe. 
by Stephi Wild - May 2, 2021
Sydney's long-awaited season of COME FROM AWAY opens at Sydney's Capitol Theatre with performances from 3 June.  After being postponed due to Covid in 2020, this internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning musical is finally opening its doors to loyal Sydney audiences who have been waiting for many months to see this production. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 12, 2021
Today, Red Bull Theater announced that Laila Robins will join the cast of the first public presentation of a new dramatization of Ben Jonson’s Sejanus, His Fall, adapted and directed by Nathan Winkelstein, Red Bull’s Associate Artistic Director. Ms Robins replaces the previously announced Kate Burton, who withdrew due to a scheduling conflict.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 10, 2021
Today, Red Bull Theater announced that Kate Burton will join the cast of the first public presentation of a new dramatization of Ben Jonson’s Sejanus, His Fall, adapted and directed by Nathan Winkelstein, Red Bull’s Associate Artistic Director. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 10, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021- Carole Demas is turning 81 years young on May 26, 2021, and will be singing her gratitude, celebrating this milestone virtually, with friends, family, and fans, in her upcoming Live From Skylight Run performance, THIS IS THE TIME, live-streaming at 7:30 EDT, May 14th, and on-demand.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2021
Signature Theatre has announced the full cast and creative team for After Midnight, the fourth production in the Signature Features 2021 Season. Featuring a cast of 12, headlined by Christopher Jackson and Nova Y. Payton, After Midnight showcases 28 of the big band era’s most famous songs, all framed by the poetry of Langston Hughes. 
by Stephi Wild - Mar 29, 2021
Billy Porter once again delivers the LGBTQ State of the Union tomorrow, Tuesday, March 30 at 12pm EST. After a year of tragedy and triumph, he​ reminds us, “We will feel joy again soon,” as he reflects on the past year while looking forward to the one ahead. 
by Nicole Rosky - Mar 23, 2021
The PEN America Literary Awards Program has just announced the 2021 career achievement award winners. This year’s honorees are Anne Carson, Kwame Dawes, Daniel Alexander Jones, Pierre Joris, and Tony-winning playwright/director George C. Wolfe with the PEN/Mike Nichols Writing for Performance Award.
by Student Blogger: Madison Moore - Mar 22, 2021
The criteria are that these shows have been nominated for Best Musical from the 3rd Tony Awards (the ceremony that started the Best Musical category) in 1949 to the nominations of what will now be the 74th Tony Awards in 2021. I will be determining their signs based upon their Broadway premiere date. With those rules in mind, here we go!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 17, 2021
Ilana Levine (Little Known Facts), in association with Alan Seales and the Broadway Podcast Network, has announced the second season of her “love letter to Broadway” podcast AND THE AWARD GOES TO…HOSTED BY ILANA LEVINE. Season Two premieres today with Kristin Chenoweth (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Wicked, On The Twentieth Century). 
by Nicole Rosky - Mar 16, 2021
Have you ever  dreamed of winning a Tony Award? Did you ever practice your Tony acceptance speech in the bathroom mirror?  Did you grow up watching the Tony Awards every year? Do you have a collection of Tony Award shows on VHS tape that you refuse to throw out? “AND THE TONY GOES TO…” is the podcast for you.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Mar 10, 2021
Wolfe won Tony Awards for his Broadway productions of 'Angels in America: Millennium Approaches' and 'Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk.'
by Stage Tube - Jun 9, 2021
Signature Theatre will present After Midnight, running June 13 – August 4, 2021. This exhilarating song and dance extravaganza is set to the swinging sounds of Duke Ellington, Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields, Harold Arlen and more and framed by the poems of Langston Hughes.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 8, 2021
The Olivier Award-winning West End production of COME FROM AWAY returns to London's Phoenix Theatre from July 22, with the Tony Award-winning New York production re-opening in Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on September 21. 
by Stephi Wild - Jun 6, 2021
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the 22nd annual series of new plays, now virtual, by TRU writers produced by TRU producers, as part of TRU Voices New Plays Virtual Reading Series. Presented with generous support from The StoyLine Project, the plays will be performed on Sundays, June 20, June 27, and July 11, 2021 at 3:00pm.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 19, 2021
On this day in 2014, the music and poetry of legendary rapper, Tupac Shakur, made its Broadway debut as Holler If Ya Hear Me celebrated its opening night at the Palace Theatre.
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 16, 2021
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts announced today that Jason Robert Brown, Savion Glover, Priscilla López, Susan Stroman, Marisha Wallace, and Christopher Wheeldon have joined the growing list of Broadway stars participating in I'm Still Here: A Virtual Benefit for the Billy Rose Theatre Division, airing June 23, 2021 on Broadway On Demand at 8pm EST and 8pm PST. The fundraiser will help raise critical funds for the Library for the Performing Arts' beloved Theatre Division as it celebrates its 90th anniversary this year.
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 15, 2021
Stars in the House continues tonight (8pm ET) with Guest Host Brenda Braxton and friends!
by Stage Tube - Jun 14, 2021
Signature Theatre is now streaming its production of After Midnight, beginning today, June 13 and running through August 4, 2021. This exhilarating song and dance extravaganza is set to the swinging sounds of Duke Ellington, Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields, Harold Arlen and more and framed by the poems of Langston Hughes.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 11, 2021
Signature Theatre has announced a private reading of the new musical Big Country. The reading stars LaChanze (Broadway’s Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, The Color Purple) as Addie Moore and Terrence Mann (Broadway’s Tuck Everlasting, Pippin) as Louis Waters. The reading on June 11 is closed to the public.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 21, 2021
The lineup includes a re-opening concert PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ, the return of the Latté Da original docu-musical ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914, the return of Peter Rothstein’s award-winning staging of Puccini's beloved opera LA BOHÈME, the area premiere of JELLY’S LAST JAM, the world premiere musical adaptation of TWELVE ANGRY MEN, and the company’s annual NEXT FESTIVAL.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 7, 2021
Tonya Pinkins has replaced Niecy Nash in ABC’s upcoming series “Women of the Movement.' Pinkins will play Emmett Till’s grandmother, Alma, in the limited series.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 21, 2021
Signature Theatre has released the ninth episode of The Signature Show, a free half-hour digital experience featuring performances by acclaimed artists, interviews, celebration of new musical voices and memories of Signature’s past and a glimpse into its future.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 16, 2021
Broadway's Calling with Lance Roberts is back for Season 2! The episode honors Dr. Martin Luther King with a virtual Broadway Brotherhood Buffet. Broadway stars will gather on the show and share the dishes from their heritage or from where they grew up. Lance Roberts started this tradition almost two decades ago and has shared it with his Broadway casts of My Fair Lady and Sunset Boulevard.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 12, 2021
Digital Theatre+ has brought together some of Broadway's leading talent for Musical Matters, a 5-episode conversation series exploring inclusivity and representation in musical theatre. Hosted by actor, writer, and advocate for inclusion Christine Toy Johnson, each episode of the series focuses on the lived experiences of the featured artists.
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Feb 28, 2021
Watch as Richard chats with the incomparable Brian Stokes Mitchell who will soon join Seth Rudetsky for two very special concerts on Sunday, February 28 (3pm and 8pm).
by Stephi Wild - Feb 28, 2021
Yesterday at 3pm, Brian Stokes Mitchell premiered his concert with Seth Rudetsky as part of the Seth Concert Series. The concert re-aired last night at 8pm.
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 27, 2021
Broadway might be dark, but that doesn't mean that theatre isn't happening everywhere! Below, check out where you can get your daily fix of Broadway this weekend, February 27-28, 2020.
by Stephen Mosher - Feb 24, 2021
The online concert series LIVE FROM SKYLIGHT RUN continues to bring quality entertainment to at-home viewers.
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Feb 19, 2021
We're rounding up 16 tweets from the week of 2/15/2021 to 2/19/2021 from Broadway stars and theater fans!
by Team BWW - Feb 17, 2021
Producer Mark Cortale has announced that six stars of the stage and screen will join the late-February - March 2021 line-up of The Seth Concert Series, the live weekly series based on Seth Rudetsky’s international Broadway series that began at The Art House in Provincetown ten years ago.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Feb 17, 2021
The awards presented represent the recipient's entire body of work. Other awards given out during the ceremony on April 7th will represent work done over the past year. Those nominees will be announced on March 8th.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 1, 2020
Legendary Broadway stars Carole Demas and Sarah Rice will be taking center stage on Friday, December 4, at 7:30 PM to perform a variety of their favorite songs, when the series 'Live From Skylight Run' streams its third concert from Westchester, New York to its growing global audience.
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 9, 2021
Singer Freda Payne, the celebrated singer of the disco-era top-charter “Band of Gold,” will bring her acclaimed “Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” to Bucks County Playhouse for ten concerts, August 26 through September 5.
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - Apr 7, 2021
Tonya Pinkins had a very complicated journey with the musical Jelly’s Last Jam. Tonya shares that she was almost fired multiple times- even when she was in rehearsal for the Broadway production- but somehow she persevered and she won a Tony Award for her portrayal of this raw, powerful and vulnerable woman.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 5, 2021
Come From Away will resume its five-week season at QPAC's Lyric Theatre this Tuesday 6th April (until 9th May).
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 13, 2021
Stars in the House continues tonight (8pm ET) with Guest Host Brenda Braxton with Dustin Cross, Donna Moore, Mary Mossberg and Babs Winn!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 13, 2021
Symphony Space will present a special conversation between Tony Award-winning director, playwright, and producer George C. Wolfe and Tony Award-winning stage, film, and television actor John Benjamin Hickey, on Wednesday, April 28, at 7pm EST.