This is a blog about the arts in New York City and the rest of America, written by Terry Teachout. Terry is a critic, biographer, playwright, librettist, recovering musician, and inveterate blogger. In addition to theater, he writes here and elsewhere about all of the other arts–books, ballet, music, painting and sculpture, film and TV, and whatever else happens to catch his eye or ear.
My first play, Satchmo at the Waldorf, will open in January of 2016 at Chicago’s Court Theatre and San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre, after which it will be performed by Colorado Springs’ Theatreworks, Seacoast Repertory Theatre of Portsmouth, N.H., and Florida’s Palm Beach Dramaworks. I will be directing the Florida production, which opens on May 13. Satchmo closed off Broadway at the Westside Theatre on June 29, 2014, after 18 previews and 136 performances, subsequently transferring in the spring of 2015 to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Ca. That production, which will also be seen in San Francisco and Colorado Springs, was directed by Gordon Edelstein, with John Douglas Thompson appearing in the triple role of Louis Armstrong, Joe Glaser, and Miles Davis. John won the 2013-14 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle “Outstanding Solo Performance” awards for his performance. Satchmo was previously seen in 2012 at Shakespeare & Company of Lenox, Mass., Long Wharf Theatre of New Haven, Conn., and Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater.
Satchmo at the Waldorf is published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. To inquire about obtaining rights to produce the play, go here.
My latest book is Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, published in 2013 by Gotham Books in the U.S. and the Robson Press in England and now available in paperback. I have also written biographies of Louis Armstrong, George Balanchine, and H.L. Mencken, as well as a volume of my collected essays called A Terry Teachout Reader and a memoir called City Limits: Memories of a Small-Town Boy.
To read all three installments of “The Long Goodbye,” a multi-part posting about the experience of watching a parent die, go here.