Orlando actor Dennis Neal will star as legendary jazzman Louis Armstrong in the world-premiere production of Satchmo at the Waldorf, author and Wall Street Journal theater critic Terry Teachout’s play based on his biography Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong.
Rus Blackwell will direct the play, which will have its first production at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando Sept. 15-Oct. 2.
Neal, who has acted extensively around Central Florida (most recently as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Garden Theatre and in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Shotgun), also will play Joe Glaser, Armstrong’s controversial manager, in the play about Armstrong’s final performance before his death.
Here’s information about the folks involved, who also include designer William Elliot:
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Tagged dennis neal, Louis Armstrong, orlando shakespeare theater, Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, Rus Blackwell, Satchmo, Satchmo at the Waldorf, Terry Teachout
There’s a string of theater people at work at Rollins in the next few months, and an actual bevy of them here in the next couple of weeks. All of them will be interacting with students and with the public — and my experience has been with Rollins visitors in the past has been that if you possibly can make it to hear these people, you should. All of the public events are free.
Let’s start with this weekend and move onward:
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Writer Terry Teachout, theater critic for the Wall Street Journal and author of the best-selling biography Pops, about Louis Armstrong, is back at Rollins College this month as part of the Winter Park Institute.
He’s already presented one program (the e-mail notice went out late) but has two more in store. Here they are (and theater fans may want to note that local actor Dennis Neal appears in the second of these programs):
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Tagged dennis neal, Louis Armstrong, Paul Moravec, Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, Rite of Spring, rollins college, Santa Fe Opera, Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal