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Specialty Nights

  • Discussion Nights August 16 & August 24, 2016
  • Pride Night August 26, 2016
  • Open Captioned Performances August 28, 2016 at 2PM and August 30, 2016 at 7:30PM

Jelly's Last Jam

by George C. Wolfe, Jelly Roll Morton & Susan Birkenhead

August 2 – September 11, 2016


Take your seat at the legendary Jungle Inn nightclub for the electrifying, multiple Tony and Drama Desk Award®-winning musical that tells the story of jazz through one of its most notorious entertainers: Jelly Roll Morton.

Journey from the back alleys of New Orleans to the dance halls of Chicago to the stages of New York with “he who drinks from the vine of syncopation” in a sizzling memoir of pride, lust and a past denied.

Directed by Matthew Gardiner (West Side Story, Cabaret), this Washington premiere stars acclaimed jazz pianist Mark G. Meadows (Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Strathmore), and features Tony Award®-winner Cleavant Derricks (Broadway’s Dreamgirls) and the soul-stirring Nova Y. Payton with dazzling, high-energy choreography by Broadway’s Jared Grimes. Now that’s how you jazz!

Jelly’s Last Jam will run for approximately two hours and 15 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

Jelly’s Last Jam contains mild adult language, sexual situations, theatrical haze and smoke, and depictions of cigarette smoking (herbal scent).

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    Jelly’s Last Jam is sponsored by Shugoll Research and Deborah G. Gandy.