Satchmo at the Waldorf October 5 - 21, 2018

By Terry Teachout

Satchmo at the Waldorf is an extraordinary one-man, three-character play that journeys into the heart and mind of New Orleans’ beloved jazz legend, Louis Armstrong. In March 1971, backstage at the Empire Room of New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, the greatest trumpet player in the world sits in his dressing room trying to pull himself together to do one final show. Because as long as they clap, Satchmo will go out there and play. His mind wanders through the amazing journey of his life and his complex relationship with his manager Joe Glaser. In a tour de force performance, one actor journeys into the mind and heart of an American musical genius and the man behind the legend.

"The biography, Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong was praised by the New York Times as "eloquent and important" and chosen by the Washington Post as one of the ten best books of 2009. Satchmo at the Waldorf is Terry Teachout's first play. Teachout was the first Armstrong biographer to have access to 650 reel-to-reel tapes made by the trumpeter during the last quarter century of his life, many of which contain astonishingly candid recordings of his private after hours conversations. These tapes served as the inspiration for much of the dialogue in Satchmo at the Waldorf, in which the offstage Louis Armstrong-raw, frank, and uncensored is revealed for the first time." --

TheaterPLUS events during the run of Satchmo at the Waldorf:


Featuring Barry Shabaka Henley


  • Written by: Terry Teachout
  • Directed by: Maxwell Williams
  • Set Design: Hannah Lax
  • Lighting Designer: Joshua Courtney
  • Costume Designer: Laura Faye Sirkin-Brown
  • Sound Design: Matt Jackson
  • Stage Manager: Joey Vreeland