Jelly’s Last Jam: Musical Info & Synopsis


Jelly’s Last Jam brings to life the legendary jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton. The story unfolds as Morton reflects on his life, career, and the challenges he faced as a pioneering figure in the world of jazz. As the musical pays tribute to Morton’s life and legacy, Jelly’s Last Jam is also an exploration of race, identity, history, and the power of music.

Musical Information

Parental Warning: Adult Themes/Content

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Cast Size: 15+

Genre: Biography

Setting: 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s / USA (Various)

Creative Team

Music: Jelly Roll Morton, Luther Henderson

Lyrics: Susan Birkenhead

Book: George C. Wolfe

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1992)➝


Licensing: Concord Theatricals➝


1990s, Biographical, Black Artists, Black History, Jazz, Tap Dance, True Story

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