It's March 1971 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and Louis Armstrong has just played one of the final performances of his extraordinary career. Unwinding backstage, he recounts events that transformed him into the world-famous "Satchmo." With no-nonsense manager Joe Glaser at his side, Armstrong kept steady through an era of enormous social change… but at what cost?
This is Satchmo at the Waldorf, an absorbing and uplifting new play about the music, struggles and triumphs of the man who invented jazz. Starring Obie winner John Douglas Thompson (The Emperor Jones) as both Armstrong and Glaser in a tour de force performance, this exhilarating production arrives in New York following smash-hit, sold-out engagements at the Long Wharf Theatre and Shakespeare & Company.