MusicalOriginalBroadway
Opening Date
Apr 26, 1992
Closing Date
Sep 05, 1993
1st Preview
Apr 01, 1992
1st Preview
Apr 01, 1992
Previews
25
Performances
569
MusicalOriginalBroadway

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

Theatres
Virginia Theatre
(Apr 26, 1992 - Sep 05, 1993)

Setting
The Jungle Inn - a lowdown club somewhere's 'tween Heaven 'n' Hell. The eve of Jelly Roll Morton's death.

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; Assistant Lighting Design: Susan A. White
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.; Logo Design by Wolfgang Kuhl; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Press Associate: Carol R. Fineman
Jelly Roll Morton
Apr 01, 1992 - May 02, 1993
Chimney Man
Apr 01, 1992 - Feb 07, 1993
Young Jelly
Jack the Bear
 
One of "The Crowd"
Anita
Apr 01, 1992 - May 1993
One of "The Crowd"
 
Foot-in-Yo-Ass Sam
One of "The Crowd"
 
Ancestor
One of "The Crowd"
 
A Sister
One of "The Crowd"
 
Too-Tight Nora
One of "The Crowd"
 
Ancestor
 
Miss Mamie
One of "The Crowd"
 
Ancestor
Ancestor
 
Gran Mimi
One of "The Crowd"
 
Ancestor
One of "The Crowd"
A Melrose Brother
One of "The Crowd"
One of "The Crowd"
 
A Sister
A Honey
One of "The Crowd"
 
Three Finger Jake
One of "The Crowd"
Buddy Bolden
A Melrose Brother
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)

Virginia Theatre (Apr 26, 1992 - Sep 05, 1993)

Cast

Jelly Roll Morton
May 04, 1993 - Sep 05, 1993
Anita
Jun 15, 1993 - Sep 05, 1993
Chimney Man
Feb 09, 1993 - Apr 07, 1993
Anita
May 1993 - Jun 13, 1993
Chimney Man
Apr 08, 1993 - Sep 05, 1993
One of "The Crowd"
 
Ancestor
One of "The Crowd"
 
Ancestor
Buddy Bolden
A Sister
One of "The Crowd"
Foot-in-Yo-Ass Sam
Standby: Nora Cole (Anita)
Understudies: Adrian Bailey (Buddy Bolden), Steven Cates (Buddy Bolden), Keith Crowningshield (A Melrose Brother) and Rosa Curry (A Honey)
music by Jelly Roll Morton; lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
(Unless otherwise noted)
Act 1
Sung By
Jelly's Jam
The Hunnies and The Crowd
In My Day
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
Street Scene
(music by Luther Henderson)
Jelly Roll Morton, Young Jelly and The Street Crowd
Michigan Water
Miss Mamie and Buddy Bolden
Get Away Boy
(music by Luther Henderson)
Gran Mimi, Young Jelly and Jelly Roll Morton
Lonely Boy Blues
Gran Mimi, Young Jelly and Jelly Roll Morton
Somethin' More
Jelly Roll Morton, Jack the Bear, Chimney Man, The Hunnies and The Crowd
That's How You Jazz
The Dance Hall Crowd, Jelly Roll Morton and Jack the Bear
The Chicago Stomp
Jelly Roll Morton, The Red Hot Peppers, Chimney Man, The Hunnies and The Chicago Crowd
Play the Music for Me
Anita
Lovin' Is a Lowdown Blues
The Hunnies
Dr. Jazz
(music by Walter Melrose and King Oliver)
Jelly Roll Morton and The Crowd
Act 2
Sung By
Good Ole New York
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
Jelly Roll Morton and the Melrose Brothers
Jelly's Isolation Dance
Jelly Roll Morton and Young Jelly
The Last Chance Blues
Jelly Roll Morton and Anita
The Last Rites
(music by Luther Henderson and Jelly Roll Morton)
Jelly Roll Morton, Chimney Man and The People of his Past

Tony Award®

 
 

Best Book of a Musical

1992 Nominee
Book by George C. Wolfe
 

Best Original Score

1992 Nominee
Music by Jelly Roll Morton
Additional music by Luther Henderson
Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead

Best Actor in a Musical

1992 Winner
Gregory Hines
 

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

1992 Nominee
Keith David

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

1992 Winner
Tonya Pinkins
 

Best Scenic Design

1992 Nominee
Scenic Design by Robin Wagner
 

Best Costume Design

1992 Nominee
Costume Design by Toni-Leslie James

Best Lighting Design

1992 Winner
Lighting Design by Jules Fisher
 

Best Choreography

1992 Nominee
Choreographed by Gregory Hines, Ted L. Levy and Hope Clarke
 

Best Direction of a Musical

1992 Nominee
Directed by George C. Wolfe

Drama Desk Award

 

Outstanding Book of a Musical

1992 Winner
Book by George C. Wolfe

Outstanding Actor in a Musical

1992 Winner
Gregory Hines
 

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

1992 Nominee
Savion Glover

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

1992 Winner
Tonya Pinkins
 

Outstanding Choreography

1992 Nominee
Choreographed by Gregory Hines, Ted L. Levy and Hope Clarke
 

Outstanding Director of a Musical

1992 Nominee
Directed by George C. Wolfe

Outstanding Orchestration/Musical Adaptation

1992 Winner
Music orchestrated by Luther Henderson

Outstanding Lyrics

1992 Winner
Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
 

Outstanding Costumes

1992 Nominee
Costume Design by Toni-Leslie James

Outstanding Lighting Design

1992 Winner
Lighting Design by Jules Fisher
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