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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.



Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 9/04/2016
by BWW - Sep 4, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/04/2016 for Norfolk (more...)

Ted Louis Levy to SWING THE VOTE in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

This September 23rd, Tony nominated, Emmy, Helen Hays and Outer Critics Award-Winning tap dancer and choreographer Ted Louis Levy ('Black and Blue,' 'Jelly's Last Jam,' 'Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk') will present 'Swing the Vote,' a 90-minute tap dance production at the Roulette Theater in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn at 8:00pm. (more...)

Ted Louis Levy to SWING THE VOTE in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

This September 23rd, Tony nominated, Emmy, Helen Hays and Outer Critics Award-Winning tap dancer and choreographer Ted Louis Levy ('Black and Blue,' 'Jelly's Last Jam,' 'Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk') will present 'Swing the Vote,' a 90-minute tap dance production at the Roulette Theater in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn at 8:00pm. (more...)

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Presents DEMO: HEROES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Following the success of last season's new DEMO series, Damian Woetzel continues to unite artists from across fields around a common theme in a performance on October 10, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. This installment of the multi-genre series brings together acclaimed artists for a special one-night performance to celebrate their heroes and artistic inspirations. The cast of Heroes features soprano Jacqueline Bolier, singer/songwriter Kate Davis, Broadway and New York City Ballet star Robert Fairchild, tap dance powerhouse Jared Grimes, acclaimed ballerina Carla Korbes, visual art curator, author, and historian Sarah Lewis, Memphis jookin' dance pioneer Lil Buck (last seen as part of DEMO: Place), the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band, and jazz prodigy Matthew Whitaker. (more...)

The Maltz Jupiter to Present THE AUDIENCE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2016

For more than sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has held private weekly meetings with each Prime Minister, from Churchill to Cameron. In these intimate and sometimes explosive conversations, we see glimpses of the woman who wears the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch. Go behind the walls of Buckingham Palace and into the private chambers of Queen Elizabeth II for the audience in Peter Morgan's riveting new play that swept Broadway last season. Sponsored by the John McDonald Company. Learn More (more...)

Single Tickets to Go Onsale for Mira Nair's MONSOON WEDDING on Monday 11/14
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

Berkeley Rep today announced that single tickets for the world premiere of the new musical Monsoon Wedding will go on sale to the general public on Monday, November 14. Monsoon Wedding will have its world premiere at Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre next spring. Previews begin Friday, May 5, 2017 and the show runs through Sunday, June 25, 2017. Press night for Monsoon Weddingwill be Friday, May 19, 2017. (more...)

Ben Vereen, Laura Osnes, and More Next Week at FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Ted Louis Levy to Star in JELLY'S LAST JAM at Le Petit Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

TED LOUIS LEVY steps into the past while looking to the future. Swinging, forward, into the lead roll of Jelly's Last Jam at La' Petit! (more...)

Tony Award Countdown: 30 Years In 30 Days, Chita Rivera's Triumphant Return in KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, 1993
by Michael Dale - May 21, 2016

The Broadway legend returns after an injury that required 18 screws to be inserted into her broken leg. (more...)

Tony Award Countdown: 30 Years In 30 Days, The Great Gregory Hines in JELLY'S LAST JAM, 1992
by Michael Dale - May 20, 2016

Twenty-four years before SHUFFLE ALONG, Gregory Hines starred in another George C. Wolfe musical about African-American performing artists. (more...)

MATILDA THE MUSICAL to Make its Premiere in San Jose!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

TIME Magazine's #1 Show of the Year, MATILDA THE MUSICAL, is coming to San Jose as part of Broadway San Jose's 2016-17 season. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers, the first national tour of MATILDA THE MUSICAL will be coming to The Center for the Performing Arts (255 S. Almaden, San Jose) March 7-12, 2017.  (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 3/5/2016
by - Mar 5, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 3/5/2016. (more...)

Tony Award-Winning Actor Ben Vereen Brings a Night of Career Highlights to The Ridgefield Playhouse on 5/21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

 The Ridgefield Playhouse and Ridgefield Magazine Broadway and Cabaret Series presents a night with the Legendary Tony Award-winning actor Ben Vereen on Sunday, May 21 at 8 p.m.  Ben Vereen's performances transcend time and are woven into the fabric of this country's artistic legacy. In this special evening, partially underwritten by Adam Broderick Salon and Spa,  you will take a whirlwind trip through Vereen's career and favorite songs - including numbers from Pippin (for which he won the Tony Award) and Jesus Christ Superstar, interspersed with loving and sometimes hilarious anecdotes about some of the Broadway greats he has worked with.  The night winds its way through various autobiographically-inspired segments.  Media sponsor for this special event is CPBN Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network. (more...)

VIDEO: Sizzling Highlights from MIDWESTERN GOTHIC at D.C.'s Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

Signature Theatre presents the world premiere production of Midwestern Gothic. Directed and choreographed by Signature Theatre Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Jelly's Last Jam, West Side Story), this new musical thriller features music, lyrics and orchestrations by Josh Schmidt (Off-Broadway's Adding Machine) and book and lyrics by Royce Vavrek (Dog Days, 27). Click below to watch highlights from the show! (more...)

Photo Flash: First look at Morgan Keene and More in MIDWESTERN GOTHIC at D.C.'s Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

Signature Theatre presents the world premiere production of Midwestern Gothic. Directed and choreographed by Signature Theatre Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Jelly's Last Jam, West Side Story), this new musical thriller features music, lyrics and orchestrations by Josh Schmidt (Off-Broadway's Adding Machine) and book and lyrics by Royce Vavrek (Dog Days, 27). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Mar. 27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2016

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, March 27, 2016 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)

FLY, Inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen, Comes to New Victory Theater Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

From training to combat, experience the anguish, fears and triumphs of a brotherhood who fought for freedom abroad -- and at home. FLY, directed by Ricardo Khan, co-founder and former artistic director of Crossroads Theatre Company, and choreographed by Hope Clarke (A Free Man of Color; Jelly's Last Jam; Caroline, or Change) and Omar Edwards (Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk), tells the heroic tale of the Tuskegee Airmen through the eyes of four courageous young men. (more...)

Felicia Boswell, Mark G. Meadows & Cleavant Derricks to Lead JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

Signature Theatre has announced the cast of 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). The musical about famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton by George C. Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead, and Luther Henderson featuring the music of Jelly Roll Morton runs August 2 - September 11 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 7/31/2016
by BWW - Jul 31, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 7/31/2016 for Norfolk (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 7/18/2017 - 7/25/2017
by - Jul 25, 2017

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 7/18/2017 - 7/25/2017. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 7/24/2016
by BWW - Jul 24, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 7/24/2016 for Norfolk (more...)

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! (more...)

New Documentary Following Talented Women of Broadway Now Filming
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Director Patrick Riviere has been developing the idea for a documentary about some of the talented women of Broadway, many of whom he has worked with in a variety of settings, for several years. (more...)

Creative Cauldron Presents 7th Annual PASSPORT TO THE WORLD Concert Series 1/7- 1/29
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2017

Creative Cauldron's 7th Annual Passport to the World Concert Series will be held from January 7th to January 29th, 2017 at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Avenue.  Sponsored by Mark F. Werblood, Esq. and curated by local musicians Lynn Veronneau and Ken Avis (of acclaimed jazz-fusion group VERONNEAU who will kick off the series), The Passport to the World Concert Series treats audiences to musical performances from a broad spectrum of genres: jazz, Latin, Celtic, classical, delta blues, and American folk.  (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Orleans - Week of 1/29/2017
by BWW - Jan 29, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/29/2017 for New Orleans (more...)

The Le Petit Theatre to Celebrate 100 Years with Ted Louis Levy in JELLY'S LAST JAM
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

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. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Jazz Musical JELLY'S LAST JAM at Le Petit Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

Director Jackie Alexander (The High Priestes s of Dark Alley) returns to Le Petit this winter to tackle the explosive musical, Jelly's Last Jam, celebrating the controversial and iconic figure that is New Orleans' jazz musician, Jelly Roll Morton. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in costume! (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Jazz Musical JELLY'S LAST JAM at Le Petit Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Director Jackie Alexander (The High Priestes s of Dark Alley) returns to Le Petit this winter to tackle the explosive musical, Jelly's Last Jam, celebrating the controversial and iconic figure that is New Orleans' jazz musician, Jelly Roll Morton. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in costume! (more...)

MATILDA THE MUSICAL to Make its Premiere in San Jose!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

TIME Magazine's #1 Show of the Year, MATILDA THE MUSICAL, is coming to San Jose as part of Broadway San Jose's 2016-17 season. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers, the first national tour of MATILDA THE MUSICAL will be coming to The Center for the Performing Arts (255 S. Almaden, San Jose) March 7-12, 2017.  (more...)

The Le Petit Theatre to Celebrate 100 Years with Ted Louis Levy in JELLY'S LAST JAM
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

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. (more...)

Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell Join Pacific Symphony's 2016-17 Pops Line-Up
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Pacific Symphony announces today that award-winning Broadway superstars Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell will join the orchestra's 2016-17 Pops season, replacing previously scheduled Jason Alexander, who was forced to cancel due to an unforeseeable conflict. (more...)

Irvine Barclay Theatre Announces February Events
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Irvine Barclay Theatre has announced its events lineup for February. See the full schedule below: (more...)

January Thaw Music Festival Continues with NYC's Most Versatile Musician, Eddie Allen
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

 Centenary Stage Company's January THAW Music Festival continues with a tribute to "Satchmo" as performed by New York City's most versatile musician, Eddie Allen, in 3hree for Louis:  A Tribute to Louis Armstrong on Sunday, January 22 at 2pm in the Lackland Performing Arts Center.  (more...)

Ebony Repertory Theatre Presents FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT - Producing Artistic Director Wren T. Brown) announced today that ERT will present FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE starring Emmy Award-winner Obba Babatunde (Dreamgirls/Tony nomination). Written by Clarke Peters, this exuberant, international hit musical pays tribute to the music of rhythm and blues pioneer Louis Jordan.  ERT's production, directed and choreographed by Keith Young (On The Town), with musical direction by Abdul Hamid Royal (FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE/original Broadway production) will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the musical's Broadway production. Performances will run May 18 - June 11, 2017 with an official press opening on Saturday, May 20 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (4718 West Washington Boulevard) in Los Angeles, 90016. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Orleans - Week of 2/05/2017
by BWW - Feb 5, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/05/2017 for New Orleans (more...)

Photo Flash: MATILDA THE MUSICAL is Coming to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

TIME Magazine's #1 Show of the Year, MATILDA THE MUSICAL, opens at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts April 25 for a limited two week run through May 7, 2017. Tickets to MATILDA THE MUSICAL will go on sale Friday, February 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: Signature Theatre's TITANIC THE MUSICAL Sets Sail in Rehearsal
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Signature Theatre is proud to announce the full cast and creative team for Titanic, directed by Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Gigi, Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). Signature Theatre reaffirms its mission to stage inventive new productions of classic musicals by tackling Maury Yeston's (Nine) and Peter Stone's (1776) Tony Award®-winning musical about the heart-stopping and riveting ride through the final moments of Titanic's fateful journey. Titanic will run from December 13 - January 29, 2017, featuring a cast, crew and orchestra of more than 50 artists and an inventive new 360 degree staging in Signature Theatre's intimate 330 seat MAX Theatre. (more...)

Creative Cauldron Presents 7th Annual PASSPORT TO THE WORLD Concert Series 1/7- 1/29
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

Creative Cauldron's 7th Annual Passport to the World Concert Series will be held from January 7th to January 29th, 2017 at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Avenue.  Sponsored by Mark F. Werblood, Esq. and curated by local musicians Lynn Veronneau and Ken Avis (of acclaimed jazz-fusion group VERONNEAU who will kick off the series), The Passport to the World Concert Series treats audiences to musical performances from a broad spectrum of genres: jazz, Latin, Celtic, classical, delta blues, and American folk.  (more...)

American Jazz Singer Freda Payne and Grammy Award Nominee B. Slade Joins THE SORTING ROOM
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

American Soul/R&B singer Freda Payne and Grammy Award nominee B. Slade, who brought down the house during the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts' co-production of For The Record: Scorsese - American Crime Requiem, bring their signature vocal styles to The Wallis for special one-night-only concerts in The Sorting Room on January 7 and 8, respectively. The Sorting Room, an exciting new intimate space for live performance, temporarily transforms The Wallis' Lovelace Studio Theater into a 150-seat nightclub that offers Los Angeles audiences the opportunity to see some of the best established and upcoming talent in cabaret, comedy, live contemporary music, dance performance and more, now through January 14. (more...)

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! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 8/07/2016
by BWW - Aug 7, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/07/2016 for Norfolk (more...)

The Grand 1894 Opera House Presents STEPPIN' OUT LIVE WITH BEN VEREEN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

The Grand 1894 Opera House presents Steppin' Out Live with Ben Vereen, Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 8 pm. Tickets may be purchased at The Grand's Box Office, 2020 Postoffice Street, by calling 409.765.1894, 800.821.1894, or online at www.thegrand.com. (more...)

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! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 8/21/2016
by BWW - Aug 21, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/21/2016 for Norfolk (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 8/19; Signature's JELLY'S LAST JAM, BILLY ELLIOT in Israel and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 19, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Washington, DC, Milwaukee, Israel and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include Signature Theatre's Jelly's Last Jam, ARCADIA in Milwaukee, and BILLY ELLIOT in Israel, just to name a few. (more...)

Photo Flash: Night of the Living N-Word!! at FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

MyCarl Productions, in association with KAMPFIRE FILMS, is pleased to present a first look at the world premiere production of Kevin R. Free's NIGHT OF THE LIVING N-WORD!!, directed by Nicole A. Watson as part of the 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 8/14/2016
by BWW - Aug 14, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/14/2016 for Norfolk (more...)

BWW Review: Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM is a Stylish and Swanky Affair
by Benjamin Tomchik - Aug 12, 2016

Signature Theatre's Jelly's Last Jam is a stylish and swanky affair that radiates with soulful energy. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mark G Meadows, Cleavant Derricks and More in JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 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 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. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek at Signature Theatre's THE PIANO MEN CABARET
by Stage Tube - Apr 14, 2017

Signature Theatre presents THE PIANO MEN CABARET, May 9-13, 2017. Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

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