Jelly's Last Jam at New York City Center Encores! Completes Run March 3 | Playbill

Encores! News Jelly's Last Jam at New York City Center Encores! Completes Run March 3

Nicholas Christopher leads the cast as legendary jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton.

Mamie Duncan-Gibbs, Nicholas Christopher, Stephanie Pope Lofgren, and Allison M. Williams in Jelly's Last Jam Joan Marcus

Jelly's Last Jam, part of the New York City Center Encores! series, plays its final performance at the Manhattan venue March 3. Performances began February 21. Read reviews for the revival here.

Nicholas Christopher leads the cast as Jelly Roll Morton, alongside John Clay III as Jack the Bear, Alaman Diadhiou as Young Jelly, Joaquina Kalukango as Anita, Tiffany Mann as Miss Mamie, Okieriete Onaodowan as Buddy Bolden, Billy Porter as Chimney Man, and Leslie Uggams as Gran Mimi. Original cast members Mamie Duncan-Gibbs, Stephanie Pope Lofgren, and Allison M. Williams reprise their roles as the Hunnies.

The ensemble features Raymond Baynard, Shawn Bowers, Amanda Castro, Joshua Dawson, John Edwards, Ari Groover, Morgan McGhee, Jodeci Milhouse, Ramone Nelson, Paul Niebanck, James Patterson, Antonia Raye, Salome Smith, Taylor Mackenzie Smith, Funmi Sofola, Jordan Simone Stephens, Renell Anthony Taylor, Nasia Thomas, Sir Brock Warren, and Chanse Williams.

READ: Why the Original Broadway Hunnies Returned to Jelly's Last Jam at Encores!

Rounding out the company are Jelly Roll Morton standby Reese Britts and swings Topher J. Babb, Crystal Burton, and Charlotte McKinley. Casting is by The Telsey Office's Destiny Lilly.

The seldom-produced biomusical celebrates the life and music of Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe (a.k.a. Jelly Roll Morton), featuring a book by George C. Wolfe, music by Morton, and lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, plus musical adaptation and additional music by Luther Henderson. The Encores! staging is one of two major new productions for the work, with another revival set for California's Pasadena Playhouse beginning in May.

WATCH: See The Taptastic 'The Whole World’s Waitin’ to Sing Your Song' From Jelly's Last Jam at New York City Center Encores!

Robert O'Hara is directing, leading a creative team that includes choreographer Edgar Godineaux, tap choreographer Dormeshia, music director Jason Michael Webb, scenic designer Clint Ramos, costume designer Dede Ayite, lighting designer Adam Honoré, sound designer Megumi Katayama, and hair and wig designer J. Jaren Janas. Daryl Water is serving as score consultant, and Karen Moore is production stage manager.

The revival is the second in the 2024 Encores season, with each of this year's titles playing an extended two-week run in celebration of the series' 30th anniversary. Once Upon a Mattress, starring Sutton Foster and Harriet Harris, kicked off the season in January, and Titanic will follow in June.


Photos: Jelly's Last Jam at New York City Center

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