Written by Kevin Armento & C.A. Johnson
Directed by Jaki Bradley
Music Supervision by Marcus Miller
Produced by Pipeline Theatre Company at Ars Nova (Theater 511)
Set within a brassy dance hall, Playing Hot deconstructs the incredible story of the birth of jazz in New Orleans. Retracing the rise and fall of Buddy Bolden, the little-known trumpeter who pioneered the radical sound that would become America’s Art Form, the show is neither biography nor period piece, neither play nor musical, but an explosive and innovative theatrical event in the style of jazz. Fueled by a live brass band, Buddy’s legend and infectious songs are conjured to life, riffing on history and pop culture the same way his music riffed on the notes.