Long Wharf's 'Satchmo' To Play Off-Broadway

Hartford Courant

Long Wharf Theatre's production of "Satchmo at the Waldorf," Terry Teachout's bio-play of musician Louis Armstrong, is heading to off-Broadway.

The show will begin previews Feb. 15 and open March 4 at the West Side Theatre, the same venue where Long Wharf's previous transfer, "My Name Is Asher Lev," played. The play was presented at Long Wharf Theatre in the fall of 2012 after a run at Shakespeare & Company in the Massachusetts Berkshires.

Long Wharf artistic director Gordon Edelstein will once again stage the work which stars Obie Award winning actor John Douglas Thompson in the solo show. Thompson also plays Armstrong's longtime manager Joe Glaser and , briefly, trumpeter Miles Davis.

Long Wharf Theatre is lead producer for this commercial run, though Edelstein says none of the theater's money or that of any board members are in the show. Funds come from area friends of the theater, he says. Shakespeare & Company is also a producer.

Teachout, a Wall Street Journal drama critic, wrote a biography pf Armstrong several years ago titled "Pops." His latest jazz biography was publsihed last fall: "Duke," about Duke Ellington.



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