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Jelly's Last Jam

Jelly's Last Jam

by Jelly Roll Morton, Luther Henderson, Susan Birkenhead, George C. Wolfe

Based on a Real-Life Event
Dance Musical
Written by Black Artist

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Jelly's Last Jam

Jelly's Last Jam

Based on the life and career of Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, known as Jelly Roll Morton.


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.

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Jelly Roll Morton

Jelly Roll Morton

Jelly Roll Morton

Luther Henderson


Susan Birkenhead


George C. Wolfe

Broadway Premiere

Virginia Theatre
Opening Night
Apr 26, 1992
Total Performances
Original Cast
Gregory Hines, Keith David, Savion Glover, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Tonya Pinkins, Ken Ard, Adrian Bailey, Sherry D. Boone, Brenda Braxton, Mary Bond Davis, Ralph Deaton, Mamie Duncan-Gibbs, Ann Duquesnay, Melissa Haizlip, Cee-Cee Harshaw, Don Johanson, Ted L. Levy, Victoria Gabrielle Platt, Stephanie Pope, Gil Pritchett III, Michelle M. Robinson, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Gordon Joseph Weiss, Allison M. Williams
George C. Wolfe
Hope Clarke
Tap Choreographer
Gregory Hines and Ted L. Levy
Margo Lion and Pamela Koslow
Musical Director
Linda Twine
Luther Henderson
Scenic Design
Robin Wagner
Costume Design
Toni-Leslie James
Lighting Design
Jules Fisher
Sound Design
Otts Munderloh
Mask and Puppet Design
Barbara Pollitt
Hair Design
Jeffrey Frank

1992 Tony Award Nominations

Best Featured Actress In A Musical - Tonya Pinkins
Best Actor In A Musical - Gregory Hines
Best Lighting Design
Best Musical
Best Book Of A Musical
Best Original Score
Best Featured Actor In A Musical - Keith David
Best Scenic Design
Best Costume Design
Best Choreography
Best Direction Of A Musical

1992 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Book Of A Musical
Outstanding Actor In A Musical - Gregory Hines
Outstanding Featured Actress In A Musical - Tonya Pinkins
Outstanding Orchestration/Musical Adaptation
Outstanding Lyrics
Outstanding Lighting Design
Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Featured Actor In A Musical - Savion Glover
Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Director Of A Musical
Outstanding Costumes

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