book by George C. Wolfe
lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
music by Jelly Roll Morton and Luther Henderson
This toe- tapping show will send you home swinging. The life of Jelly Roll Morton comes to the New Rep stage in this winner of multiple Tony Awards. Considered a primary driving force in bringing jazz to the American public, Jelly struggled to accept his racial identity in the spotlight of the white American gaze. This journey to the 1920s blends history and social commentary with fantastic and revolutionary music of the time. Featuring explosive dance numbers, and such famous songs as “Lonely Boy Blues” and “Chicago Stomp”. Oo Oo Oo, that’s how you jazz!
DAVRON S. MONROE* makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Recent credits include The Little Mermaid (The Company Theatre); Camelot, Company, City of Angels, Sweeney Todd, One Man Two Guvnors, The Mikado, Avenue Q, and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Lyric Stage Company); The Wild Party and Godspell (Moonbox Productions); and Hairspray (Reagle Music Theatre). Other credits include soloist with Boston’s Landmarks Orchestra and American songbook POPS soloist with South Florida Symphony. Davron is a Bob Jolly Award recipient. Originally from Jacksonville, FL, he currently resides in Malden.
◊ member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
º member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829