On September 18, 2014 by Theater Talk Web

Original tape date: February 28, 2014.

First aired: March 29, 2014.

Playwright Terry Teachout (also lead drama critic for The Wall Street Journal) and actor John Douglas Thompson discuss Teachout’s new play, Satchmo at The Waldorf about the last years of jazz legend Louis Armstrong, in which, The New York Times tells us, “John Douglas Thompson vividly resurrects Armstrong…By the show’s end, you sense the profound fortitude that lay beneath the avuncular surface of this giant, and you are newly appreciative of his singular place in history.”

2 Responses to “TERRY TEACHOUT and JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON on Satchmo at The Waldorf”

  • Charles Z Bornstein

    This was the best thing on Broadway that I have seen within the last 20 years for sure. The actor JDT is a sure genius. More of him and less of the pretty boys would do literature and the public a lot of good. This play basically deals with Armstrong’s career and inner dependence upon his Jewish Manager and weaves a highly emotional tale of need, friendship, marketing, music and self worth through the one actor. This is a highly turgid, historical and funny conception. An hour and 1/2 of non-stop machine gun rhythm rhythm leaves one crying, laughing and totally absorbed. The recitativo/aria style transferred to Broadway without hardly a sound of music turns Armstrong’s life into a one character opera. Anyone experiencing it can only come away wishing to have the experience again, (as I have!) It would be a miracle if this actor could sustain this intensity for too long so I would urge anyone that has the slightest interest, to see it live while he still does it.

  • Theater Talk Web

    Just watching the show on the play about Louis Armstrong. This may be my favorite episode seeing how racially ignorant Michael is about the subject that he actually lets Susan Haskins speak without interruptions. He has shushed Susan and put her in her place for years and he is just an asshole. Why can’t you get a real critic from a real paper to do this show. Michael will always be a silly little clown in my view.

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