Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre will present concert performances of the 1992 Tony-nominated musical Jelly's Last Jam September 17 and 18.
Directed by Dennis Whitehead Darling, the cast will include Carmen Ruby Floyd as Anita, Sydney James Harcourt as Jelly Roll Morton, Bryan Terrell Clark as Jack the Bear/Buddy Bolden, Tina Fabrique as Miss Mamie/Gran Mimi, Iris Beaumier as Hunnie #3, Christian McQueen as Male Ensemble #2, Sharaé Moultrie as Hunnie #2, Justin G. Nelson as Male Ensemble #1, Jessica Hailey Reese as Female Ensemble #1, Steve Routman as Melrose Brother #2, Julian Rozzell Jr. as Chimney Man, Justin Sudderth as Young Jelly, Amaya White as Hunnie #1, and Jason SweetTooth Williams as Melrose Brother #1.
Jelly’s Last Jam has a book by George C. Wolfe, music by Jelly Roll Morton, lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, and a musical adaptation and additional music composed by Luther Henderson. The musical spotlights jazz legend Jelly Roll Morton, who revolutionized American music. Gregory Hines and Tonya Pinkins starred in the original Broadway production, both earning Tony Awards for their performances.
The upcoming concert staging will also have creative consultation by Patricia McGregor, choreography by Chris Bell, and music direction by David Freeman Coleman.
Long Wharf's fall programming at 222 Sargent Drive, as part of Act 1 of its 2022-23 season, will also include the first readings of Dignity, Always Dignity, created by Zack Fine, Bryce Pinkham, Rona Siddiqui, and Kirya Traber and directed by Zack Fine (September 10-11), and the first staged reading of Flying Bird’s Diary, written by Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel and directed by Madeline Sayet (October 22-23).
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