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Jelly's Last Jam   

 
Virginia Theatre, (4/26/1992 - 9/05/1993)
First Preview: Apr 01, 1992 Total Previews: 25
Opening Date: Apr 26, 1992    
Closing Date: Sep 05, 1993 Total Performances: 569

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: The Jungle Inn - a lowdown club somewhere's 'tween Heaven 'n' Hell. The eve of Jelly Roll Morton's death.



Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director)
Produced by Margo Lion and Pamela Koslow; Produced in association with PolyGram Diversified Entertainment, 126 Second Avenue Corporation, Hal Luftig, Rodger Hess, Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director), TV Asahi and Herb Alpert; Associate Producer: Peggy Hill Rosenkranz, Marilyn Hall and Dentsu Inc., New York
Originally produced by Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum (Gordon Davidson, Artistic Director; Charles Dillingham, Managing Director)
Book by George C. Wolfe; Music by Jelly Roll Morton; Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead; Additional music by Luther Henderson; Music orchestrated by Luther Henderson; Musical Director: Linda Twine
Directed by George C. Wolfe; Tap Choreography by Gregory Hines and Ted L. Levy; Choreographed by Hope Clarke
Scenic Design by Robin Wagner; Costume Design by Toni-Leslie James; Lighting Design by Jules Fisher; Sound Design by Otts Munderloh; Mask Design by Barbara Pollitt; Puppet Design by Barbara Pollitt; Hair Design by Jeffrey Frank
Executive Producer: David, Strong, Warner, Inc.; Company Manager: Susan Gustafson
Production Stage Manager: Arturo E. Porazzi; Technical Supervisor: Francis A. Hauser; Stage Manager: Bernita Robinson and Bonnie L. Becker
Music adapted by Luther Henderson; Musical Supervisor: Luther Henderson; Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Jelly's Red Hot Peppers - Drums: Brian Grice; Jelly's Red Hot Peppers - Bass: Ben Brown; Jelly's Red Hot Peppers - Banjo: Steve Bargonetti; Jelly's Red Hot Peppers - Trumpet: Virgil Jones; Jelly's Red Hot Peppers - Trombone: Britt Woodman; Jelly's Red Hot Peppers - Clarinet: Bill Easley; Conducted by Linda Twine; Associate Conductor: Daryl M. Waters
Casting: Hughes / Moss Casting and Stanley Soble; Press Representative: Richard Kornberg & Associates; Dance Captain: Ken Roberson; Marketing: Caroline Jones Advertising, Inc.; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.
Cast
Gregory HinesJelly Roll Morton
Ken ArdOne of "The Crowd"
Foot-in-Yo-Ass Sam
Adrian BaileyOne of "The Crowd"
Ancestor
Sherry D. BooneOne of "The Crowd"
A Sister
Brenda BraxtonOne of "The Crowd"
Too-Tight Nora
Keith DavidChimney Man
Mary Bond DavisOne of "The Crowd"
Ancestor
Miss Mamie
Ralph DeatonOne of "The Crowd"
Ancestor
Mamie Duncan-GibbsA Honey
Ann DuquesnayAncestor
Gran Mimi
Savion GloverYoung Jelly
Melissa HaizlipOne of "The Crowd"
Ancestor
Cee-Cee HarshawOne of "The Crowd"
Don JohansonA Melrose Brother
Ted L. LevyOne of "The Crowd"
Stanley Wayne MathisOne of "The Crowd"
Jack the Bear
Tonya PinkinsAnita
Victoria Gabrielle PlattOne of "The Crowd"
A Sister
Stephanie PopeA Honey
Gil Pritchett IIIOne of "The Crowd"
Three Finger Jake
Michelle M. RobinsonOne of "The Crowd"
Ruben Santiago-HudsonBuddy Bolden
Gordon Joseph WeissA Melrose Brother
Allison M. WilliamsA Honey
Swings: Janice Lorraine-Holt, Ken Roberson and La-Rose Saxon
Standby: Lawrence Hamilton (Jelly Roll Morton)
Understudies: Ken Ard (Chimney Man), Adrian Bailey (Buddy Bolden), Claire Bathé (Gran Mimi, Miss Mamie), Bill Brassea (A Melrose Brother), Ralph Deaton (Jack the Bear), Melissa Haizlip (A Honey), Stephanie Pope (Anita) and Jimmy W. Tate (Young Jelly)
Tony Award®
 1992 Best Musical [nominee] 
 Produced by Margo Lion and Pamela Koslow ;  Produced in association with PolyGram Diversified Entertainment , 126 Second Avenue Corporation , Hal Luftig , Rodger Hess , Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director) , TV Asahi and Herb Alpert
 1992 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 
 Book by George C. Wolfe
 1992 Best Original Score [nominee] 
 Music by Jelly Roll Morton ;  Additional music by Luther Henderson ;  Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
winner 1992 Best Actor in a Musical [winner] 
  Gregory Hines
 1992 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Keith David
winner 1992 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 
  Tonya Pinkins
 1992 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 
  Robin Wagner
 1992 Best Costume Design [nominee] 
  Toni-Leslie James
winner 1992 Best Lighting Design [winner] 
  Jules Fisher
 1992 Best Choreography [nominee] 
  Hope Clarke
 1992 Best Choreography [nominee] 
  Ted L. Levy
 1992 Best Choreography [nominee] 
  Gregory Hines
 1992 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 
  George C. Wolfe
Drama Desk Award
 1992 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 
 Produced by Margo Lion and Pamela Koslow ;  Produced in association with PolyGram Diversified Entertainment , 126 Second Avenue Corporation , Hal Luftig , Rodger Hess , Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director) , TV Asahi and Herb Alpert
winner 1992 Outstanding Book of a Musical [winner] 
 Book by George C. Wolfe
winner 1992 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [winner] 
  Gregory Hines
 1992 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Savion Glover
winner 1992 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 
  Tonya Pinkins
 1992 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 
  Gregory Hines
 1992 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 
  Ted L. Levy
 1992 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 
  Hope Clarke
 1992 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee] 
 Directed by George C. Wolfe
winner 1992 Outstanding Orchestration/Musical Adaptation [winner] 
  Luther Henderson
winner 1992 Outstanding Lyrics [winner] 
 Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
 1992 Outstanding Costumes [nominee] 
 Costume Design by Toni-Leslie James
winner 1992 Outstanding Lighting Design [winner] 
  Jules Fisher
music by Jelly Roll Morton; lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
(Unless otherwise noted)

ACT 1 Sung By
Jelly's Jam (adapted from "King Porter Stomp")The Hunnies and The Crowd
In My Day (adapted from "Wild Man Blues")Jelly Roll Morton and The Hunnies
The Creole Way
(music by Luther Henderson)
The Ancestors and Young Jelly
The Whole World's Waitin' to Sing Your Song (adapted from "My Little Dixie Home")
Street Scene
(music by Luther Henderson)
Jelly Roll Morton, Young Jelly and The Street Crowd
Michigan Water (Traditional)Miss Mamie and Buddy Bolden
Get Away Boy
(music by Luther Henderson)
Gran Mimi, Young Jelly and Jelly Roll Morton
Lonely Boy Blues (Traditional)Gran Mimi, Young Jelly and Jelly Roll Morton
Somethin' More (adapted from "Pretty Lil")Jelly Roll Morton, Jack the Bear, Chimney Man, The Hunnies and The Crowd
That's How You JazzThe Dance Hall Crowd, Jelly Roll Morton and Jack the Bear
The Chicago Stomp (adapted from "Burnin' the Iceberg")Jelly Roll Morton, The Red Hot Peppers, Chimney Man, The Hunnies and The Chicago Crowd
Play the Music for Me (adapted from "Dead Man Blues")Anita
Lovin' Is a Lowdown Blues (adapted from "Jungle Blues")The Hunnies
Dr. Jazz
(music by King Oliver and Walter Melrose)
Jelly Roll Morton and The Crowd
ACT 2 Sung By
Good Ole New York (adapted from "Hyena Stomp")Chimney Man, The Hunnies, Jelly Roll Morton and The New York Crowd
Too Late, Daddy
(music by Luther Henderson)
Jelly Roll Morton and The Harlem Crowd
That's the Way We Do Things in New Yawk (adapted from "Shreveport Stomp")Jelly Roll Morton and the Melrose Brothers
Jelly's Isolation DanceJelly Roll Morton and Young Jelly
The Last Chance Blues (adapted from "Blue Blood Stomp")Jelly Roll Morton and Anita
The Last Rites (adapted from "Creole Boy")
(music by Jelly Roll Morton and Luther Henderson)
Jelly Roll Morton, Chimney Man and The People of his Past