We admit, this is a weird headline. Jazz after all, is music, yes? Well, the answer is yes but how often do we see (hear) jazz in a musical? We mostly think of musicals as pieces of singing and dancing on stage, acting out various scenes through song. Right? Kinda. Sorta.
If you’re a jazz person and you enjoy theatre (especially musicals), then we have an event for you! Before we go into details, we want to let you know about the coolest part of this show. The jazz goes backs to 1950’s N’Orlans! The musical Orleans, four young artists create an Eden of music and art. But the past forces its way into their lives, and an act of passion changes everything. The new jazz musical, FOR THE LAST TIME, is inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Marble Faun, and features a powerhouse young cast backed by an 8-piece jazz ensemble.
Sound like something you’d be interested in? We thought so. New York Events is constantly reviewing events that come across our desks and this one stood out for the fact that it includes jazz (New Orleans style to boot) and theater. We think this is a winner and we can’t wait to check it out!
The show just opened on May 28th so it’s hot off the press! Literally!
In more detail, For The Last Time is a new jazz musical with music and lyrics by celebrated composer Nancy Harrow (This Side of Paradise), book by Will Pomerantz and Nancy Harrow, directed by Will Pomerantz (The Blue Flower), arrangements/ orchestrations by Dennis Mackrel (Conductor of the Count Basie Band), with music direction by Cody Owen Stine (Murder Ballad). It is getting its world premiere at Theatre Row’s Clurman Theatre, and began performances May 19, with a closing date set for June 20, 2015. Tickets are it began $39-79 and can be purchased by visiting Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.
Can’t wait to get into jazz/theatre mode!