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'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 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 You are interested by the beginnings of jazz and a show that mixes acting, jazz music and lecture.
Don't see it if You’re looking for a big, polished production. You don’t like cramped spaces, standing for the performance and audience interaction.