Pipeline Theatre Company presents the world premiere of this jazz concert-party-play hybrid, which takes you inside a brassy New Orleans dance hall, where the untold story of the birth of jazz is brought to life. More…
Retracing the rise and fall of Buddy Bolden, the radical trumpeter who pioneered America's Art Form, "Playing Hot" is neither play nor musical, neither biography nor period piece -- but a singular theatrical event in the style of jazz. With the help of a live brass band, Buddy's legend and infectious sound echo through time, riffing on history and pop culture much like his music riffed on the notes on the page.
See it if you want to join a NOLA second line that leads to a dance hall celebration of the origins of jazz & the story of its forgotten originator.
Don't see it if ur not able to stand (& dance) for 90+ minutes & immerse yourself in the uplifting jazz celebration & somber recounting of its tragic OG.
See it if you like jazz music, enjoy to be on your feet and dancing, or immersed in the action.
Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional play. This was a mix of music, dancing, and acting vignettes.
See it if fascinating and tragic true story of a musician lost to history told through music, parade, and live concert venue
Don't see it if don't want to stand--or want an immersive experience.
See it if you love jazz, love New Orleans, want to learn more about the history of both
Don't see it if you want a fully developed musical; play is many small pieces stitched together
See it if you like a show that uses every part of the room, makes you feel like you are part of the show, enjoy jazz and are interested in its history
Don't see it if you don't like jazz, can't stand thru the show (there are limited seats).
See it if you love music and New orleans. A genuinely fun uplifting show teaching us about origins of jazz. Immersive and cleverly staged
Don't see it if If you cant physically stand. Most of the audience is standing throughout the show. And it can be loud (which i liked)
See it if you like jazz; you want a hybrid concert/theater experience; you like dancing along with actors
Don't see it if you don't want to stand the majority of the time; you don't want to be encouraged by actors to dance during the musical interludes
See it if You love jazz. You are interested in the history of the New Orleans music scene. You enjoy being surrounded by the action.
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy New Orleans Jazz. You have difficult standing throughout a show.
See it if You are okay with unorthodox staging, you like live music and interactive theatre and enjoying learning.
Don't see it if You are unable to “give yourself” to a performance; you will be standing, dancing; jostled and if you’re short sometimes you won’t see.
See it if You love jazz music and are interested in seeing innovative, immersive storytelling.
Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with standing for a 90 minute show.
See it if you like live music, New Orleans jazz; you're curious about the history of jazz
Don't see it if you don't want to stand for over an hour; you don't want to be forced to dance; you prefer non-interactive shows
See it if You're satisfied to endure amateurish theatrics for a dose of expertly done trad jazz...overseen by former Miles Davis man Marcus Miller.
Don't see it if You can't stand (needlessly) for almost the entire show, and cringe at a lead actor who blows great horn but can't really act.
See it if The lively “dance party” segments are a lot of fun. The musicians are excellent. I learned about an important person in music history.
Don't see it if Music 85 book 65. A sad bio. I stood for most of the time, then sat on a bench for a depressing ending. Dialog & acting were a bit dull.
See it if you like to be part of the party - marching, dancing, clapping to the beat as the story and the music surround you with highs and lows.
Don't see it if you do not like participating in the action as the design of this production requires you to take part. You don't like to end on a sour note
See it if Father of jazz is forgotten because he didn't record; but for one night he's celebrated w/ vignettes & dance party.Mash-up Beyonce/DianaRoss
Don't see it if Brass playing "hot (too brightly)" indeed in the tiny former Ars Nova home.Only 2 dance numbers don't justify standing in club w/o seating.
See it if You'd enjoy the fun "big band" songs that start the show & are played for a bit periodically. The "tour guide" scenes are fun.
Don't see it if You'd feel claustrophobic forced to remain in a tiny "pen" in the center of the theater while 4 stages are used around you.
See it if Tries to piece together the father of Jazz's story, sprinkled with snippets of contemporary commentary. Fun musical interludes.
Don't see it if Very loose story structure, heavy use of stereotypical characters, or uneven acting annoy you. Mostly standing room only (about 10 seats).
Also Ticket from Show Score for $5.
See it if you like jazz music and want to see a fun show. Standing for most of show wasn't bad, since you are always turning to see different scenes.
Don't see it if you don't like dark spaces or jazz music. There are seats for some people, so you can enjoy the show without being in the center standing.
See it if you want to learn about the lost father of Jazz, Charles "Buddy" Baldwin. His compelling story and achievement rise above the bipolar book.
Don't see it if you can't stand for more than an hour or don't like being part of the show. Absurd breaks weaken what could otherwise be a powerful story.
See it if You love any experimental form; talented actors except the lead (he’s a much better musician than an actor); great live jazz band;
Don't see it if Want a well-directed believable storytelling; the playwright should have done more historical research; too much standing/disco time
See it if You want an interactive show that binds music, dance, acting with a story telling of the history of Jazz how it started with Buddy Bolden.
Don't see it if You want a structured play.This is just like the music they played.There are multiple stage, and u stand for the entire show(except the end)
See it if you love jazz, live music, immersive staging, standing, and a talented assemblage of actors and musicians.
Don't see it if you need story, characters, sitting.
See it if You love jazz. You are interested in seeing the work of a young, enthusiastic team.
Don't see it if You are a highly discriminating theater goer. The story is cliched. The acting is uneven. Steals a lot from Jelly’s Last Jam.
See it if You don’t mind wasting time on a very amateurish production of a time in history that really could have been much better.
Don't see it if You are not into New Orleans style jazz and have better things to do.
Also The cast is very talented! What a waste of their talent!