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Encores! Jelly's Last Jam

Opening Date: Feb 21, 2024

Closing Date: Mar 03, 2024

Encores! Jelly's Last Jam
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Playing @

New York City Center - Mainstage

131 West 55th St New York, NY 10019

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A vivid, impressionistic portrait of legendary jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton, the original 1992 Broadway production of Jelly’s Last Jam secured national recognition for writer/director George C. Wolfe (Shuffle Along, Angels in America), as well as eight Tony nominations, three wins and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book.

Now, visionary director Robert O’Hara (A Raisin in the Sun) takes up the mantle of this wildly imaginative show that interrogates the self-declared “inventor of jazz” in a purgatorial afterlife, accusing him of denying and denigrating his cultural legacy. With showstopping numbers like “That’s How You Jazz” crafted by lyricist Susan Birkenhead (Working) and composer Luther Henderson from Morton’s own music, Jelly’s Last Jam captures the profound contradictions behind the artist’s explosive talent. Brilliantly utilizing two of this country’s most potent forms of storytelling—jazz and musical theater—Jelly’s Last Jam weaves a complex fable of American history, legacy and truth.

Performance Schedule:

TUESDAY-FRIDAY @ 7:30 PM
SATURDAY @ 2 PM & 8 PM
SUNDAY @ 2 PM & 7PM

No 7 PM performance Sunday, March 3

Cast

Nicholas Christopher
Billy Porter
Joaquina Kalukango
Leslie Uggams
Okieriete Onaodowan

Music

Jelly Roll Morton, musical adaptation and additional music composed by Luther Henderson

Lyrics

Susan Birkenhead

Book

George C. Wolfe

Director

Robert O’Hara

Choreography

Edgar Godineaux & tap choreography by Dormeshia

TDF Tickets Offers:

TDF member tickets:

Not currently available for this show

Listed atTKTS

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Full-price tickets

$45 - $165

Lottery & Rush

Student Rush: $20 tickets, available at the box office on the day of the performance with no handling fees. Present your photo student ID at the box office on the day of the performance to buy tickets. Tickets are subject to availability and first-come, first-served.

Accessibility:

Directions Bus

M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, M7, M10, M20, M31, M57, M104

Directions Subway

N/Q/R/W to 57th Street/7th Avenue (accessible station); F to 57th Street/6th Avenue; D/E to 7th Avenue/53rd Street; A/B/C/D/1 to 59th Street at Columbus Circle (accessible station); C to 50th Street/8th Avenue (accessible station—downtown only); 1 to 50th Street/7th Avenue

Assisted Listening System

Wireless FM assistive listening devices are available free of charge with the presentation of either a driver's license or credit card. Assistive listening devices are available on the table next to the House Manager's lectern on the right side of the Orchestra lobby.

Elevator\Escalator

Wheelchair accessible; located near the House Manager's lectern on the right side of the Orchestra lobby.

Parking

1345 Garage: 126 West 55th Street (212.710.8230, 212.977.7636); GMC Parking: 211 West 56th Street (800.836.6666)

Wheelchair Info

New York City Center’s Mainstage, Stage I, Stage II and Studio 5 spaces are all wheelchair accessible. Seats for patrons with disabilities are available online, by phone, and at the box office. Please advise us at the time of ticket purchase of your particular needs. Locations are available on the left and right side of the Orchestra and in row G of the Mezzanine.

Box Office

The box office is in the lobby. It is wheelchair accessible.

Restroom

New York City Center's mainstage restrooms are located on all seating levels. Restrooms for persons in wheelchairs are located on the left side of the lobby of the Orchestra level. On the Grand Tier/Mezzanine level they are to the left of the concessions and coat check area.

Water Fountain

Orchestra & Mezzanine levels. Both are wheelchair accessible.

Seating

The seats in our theater range from 19”-22” wide and are 18” deep. There are armrests on all. They are all joined together, no space between. Some ends have armrests that can fold up for ADA access when wheelchair or walker patrons want to transfer or slide in. Please contact info@nycitycenter.org in advance of your visit if you require accommodations to your seats.

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Public Transportation

Subway Icon

By Subway:

N/Q/R/W to 57th Street/7th Avenue (accessible station); F to 57th Street/6th Avenue; D/E to 7th Avenue/53rd Street; A/B/C/D/1 to 59th Street at Columbus Circle (accessible station); C to 50th Street/8th Avenue (accessible station—downtown only); 1 to 50th Street/7th Avenue

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By Bus:

M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, M7, M10, M20, M31, M57, M104