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Satchmo at the Waldorf

Titans of Twentieth Century American Music

George Heymont | Posted 02.25.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

You don't have to be Cinderella to boast about your rags-to-riches story. With American Idol now in its final season, it's amazing to examine the list...

Louis Armstrong Lives Again, in San Francisco, in "Satchmo at the Waldorf"

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 01.30.2016 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

John Douglas Thompson as Louis Armstrong in Satchmo at the Waldorf is such a delight. Directed by Gordon Edelstein, Thompson embodies the iconic trumpet player and singer in an engrossing, thought-provoking performance in the intermission-free play.

Satchmo at the Waldorf, Ain't Got that Swing

Erika Milvy | Posted 01.29.2016 | Arts
Erika Milvy

ACT's one-man play, "Satchmo at the Waldorf," is set, post-performance, in Louis Armstrong spacious dressing room at the ritzy Waldorf Astoria hotel. Why does it matter that the name of the hotel is in the title of the play? Was this a particularly memorable concert by Satchmo?

Satchmo at ACT: Louis Armstrong Minus the Smile, Unveiled by Play and Phenomenal Performance

Leo Stutzin | Posted 01.24.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Anyone lucky enough to see Satchmo at the Waldorf, a one-actor, three-character show in ACT's Geary Theater, will discover a very different Louis Armstrong: a man who loved music above all else and suffered through poverty, incarceration, racism, gangland threats and ultimately, through declining health, to blow his horn in ways that few if any have equalled.

Ascending to Hell: No Exit at the Pearl Theatre/ Satchmo at the Waldorf at the Westside Theater

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.13.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Looks like hell is a step up, as the characters in Jean-Paul Sartre's mid century allegory step off the elevator into a swank upscale loft in the Pear...

Aisle View: Two Musical Solo Shows

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.04.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Director Gordon Edelstein keeps things moving handily, although he is forced by one-man-show strictures to resort to such activities as having the star change his clothes in several installments.