James Monroe Iglehart Will Star in A Wonderful World: The Louis Armstrong Musical on Broadway | Playbill

Broadway News James Monroe Iglehart Will Star in A Wonderful World: The Louis Armstrong Musical on Broadway

Christopher Renshaw, who conceived the musical with Andrew Delaplaine, will direct the musical about the famed trumpet player.

James Monroe Iglehart in A Wonderful World Jeremy Daniel

A Wonderful World: The Louis Armstrong Musical, which played New Orleans and Chicago in October 2023, will arrive on Broadway in the fall.

Aladdin Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart, currently on Broadway in the revival of Spamalot, will again star as the late jazz legend. Previews will begin October 16 at Studio 54 prior to an official opening November 11.

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Conceived by Tony nominee Christopher Renshaw (The King and I, Taboo), who also directs, and novelist Andrew Delaplaine, A Wonderful World has an original book by author Aurin Squire (This Is Us) and features songs made popular by Armstrong. The new musical tells the story of jazz legend Louis Armstrong, from his early days in New Orleans through five decades of international stardom, through the eyes of the women in his life.

Additional casting and the full creative team will be announced at a later date.

“I am so excited to bring this wonderful brand-new musical to Broadway,” Iglehart said in a statement. “American music wouldn’t be what it is today without Louis Armstrong, and what is Broadway if not American music? ‘Pops’ doesn’t get enough credit for his contribution to our entertainment industry or our country. I know I have never studied, researched, or prepared for anything as much in my career as I have for this role. I feel such a strong connection and an obligation to bring his voice, his music, and his story to the one place where it can be presented in all its glory–Broadway! I can’t wait for you all to become a part of A Wonderful World.”

Thomas E. Rodgers, Jr., Renee Rodgers, Martian Entertainment (Carl D. White and Gregory Rae), Vanessa Williams, and Elizabeth Curtis will produce A Wonderful World, which mirrors Armstrong’s own musical path as a trumpeter and vocalist from New Orleans to Chicago.

A Wonderful World is being presented in association with Roundabout Theatre Company and will be included in Roundabout’s subscription packages.

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Miami New Drama produced the world premiere of A Wonderful World in December 2021 at the Colony Theatre.

Tickets for the Broadway production will be available at CriterionTicketing.com, with the on-sale date to be announced at a later date. Visit LouisArmstrongMusical.com.

Look back at the 2023 production in the photo gallery below:

Check Out Photos of A Wonderful World

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