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Encores! Jelly's Last Jam Tickets

Billy Porter and Joaquina Kalukango jam out in this classic through March 3 only.
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About Encores! Jelly's Last Jam

A vivid, impressionistic portrait of legendary jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton, the original 1992 Broadway production of Jelly’s Last Jam secured national recognition for writer/director George C. Wolfe (Shuffle Along, Angels in America), as well as nine Tony nominations, three wins, and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book.

Now, Nicholas Christopher, Joaquina Kalukango, Billy Porter, and Leslie Uggams star. visionary director Robert O’Hara (A Raisin in the Sun) takes up the mantle of this wildly imaginative show that interrogates the self-declared “inventor of jazz” in a purgatorial afterlife, accusing him of denying and denigrating his cultural legacy. With showstopping numbers like “That’s How You Jazz” crafted by lyricist Susan Birkenhead (Working) and composer Luther Henderson from Morton’s own music, Jelly’s Last Jam captures the profound contradictions behind the artist’s explosive talent. Brilliantly utilizing two of this country’s most potent forms of storytelling — jazz and musical theatre — Jelly’s Last Jam weaves a complex fable of American history, legacy, and truth.

Start date

February 21st, 2024

End date

March 3rd, 2024

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318 Reviews

chris_

chris_

295 Reviews | 104 Followers
85
Great dancing, Great singing

See it if Well done biopic with great singing and dancing

Don’t see it if Themes of racism

Bruce 6

Bruce 6

769 Reviews | 330 Followers
86
Vibrant encores revival of musical serving as, Unsparing retrospective life of jelly roll morton, Self-styled "inventor" of jazz

See it if unvarnished portrait of Morton/M as narcissist/colorist; propulsive M music&big tap dance nos bring down house; superb leads/orchestra

Don’t see it if where's the drama? 2nd act anticlmctic; thesis: M's problems b/c not true 2 blk roots, is weak; missing bravura tap dancer like GHines as M

GreatAvi

GreatAvi

537 Reviews | 136 Followers
86
Terrific damcing, Great directing, Uneven

See it if you're looking for an entertaining remake of classic, with a very talented and energetic cast, some good voices and exciting choreography.

Don’t see it if Jazzy tap dancing numbers are not your thing, they do blur after a while. The book isn't so great, and some of the non-chorus scenes drag.

Karen 6302

Karen 6302

401 Reviews | 142 Followers
85
Great tapping, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see some superb acting, dancing, and singing by this talented cast. One great musical number after another.

Don’t see it if you don't like tap dancing, as there's plenty of it. Jelly was not a very sympathetic character, but his story is certainly entertaining.

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Stars on stage

Billy Porter

Billy Porter

Nicholas Christopher

Nicholas Christopher

Joaquina Kalukango

Joaquina Kalukango

Leslie Uggams

Leslie Uggams

Okieriete Onaodowan

Okieriete Onaodowan

Encores! Jelly's Last Jam cast and creative team

By: George C. Wolfe
Songs by: Jelly Roll Morton (music) and Susan Birkenhead (lyrics)
Director: Robert O'Hara
Choreography: Edgar Godineaux; tap choreography by Dormeshia
Cast list: Nicholas Christopher (as Jelly), John Clay III (as Jack the Bear), Joaquina Kalukango (as Anita), Tiffany Mann (as Miss Mamie), Billy Porter (as Chimney Man), Leslie Uggams (as Gran Mimi), Okieriete Onaodowan (as Buddy Bolden), Alaman Diadhiou (as Young Jelly), Mamie Duncan-Gibbs, Stephanie Pope Lofgren, Allison M. Williams (as the Hunnies)
Design: Clint Ramos
Costumes: Dede Ayite
Lighting: Adam Honoré
Sound: Megumi Katayama
Other info: Musical adaptation and additional music composed by Luther Henderson; music direction by Jason Michael Webb

Venue

New York City Center

131 W 55th St, New York, NY, USA, 10019

Accessibility

Wheelchair access, assistive listening devices

Tickets

Unfortunately, tickets for this event are no longer available.

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