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About Playing Hot

This explosive new show takes you inside a brassy New Orleans dance hall, where the incredible untold story of the birth of jazz is brought to life. Retracing the rise and fall of Buddy Bolden, the radical trumpeter who pioneered America's Art Form, Playing Hot is neither play nor musical, neither biography nor period piece -- but a singular theatrical event in the style of jazz. With the help of a live brass band, Buddy's legend and infectious sound echo through time, riffing on history and pop culture much like his music riffed on the notes on the page.

Run Time

90 minutes, no intermission

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Theater 511

511 W. 54th St, New York, NY 10019

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