Broadway In Chicago Announces Individual Tix For A WONDERFUL WORLD Pre-Broadway Tour Now On Sale
Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce that individual tickets for A Wonderful World, A New Musical about the Life and Loves of Louis Armstrong will go on sale today, Friday, July 28. Starring Tony Award® winner James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin) as Armstrong, the Pre-Broadway tour will play a strictly limited engagement from October 11-29, 2023, at Broadway In Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre. Ticket information and the performance schedule are below.
The Broadway bound new musical, A Wonderful World, is the story of jazz legend, Grammy Award® winner, and singular American icon Louis Armstrong’s rise to stardom and blazing musical career, told from the perspective of his four wives, who each had a unique impact on his life. Armstrong’s innovative musicianship and incredible charisma as trumpet player and vocalist would lead him from the early days of jazz in his native New Orleans to five decades of international stardom.
Joining Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart (Broadway: Aladdin, Hamilton) who stars as Armstrong, will be Ta’Rea Campbell (Philip tour of Hamilton, Broadway: The Lion King, The Book of Mormon) as Lucille Wilson, Jennie Harney-Fleming (Broadway: The Color Purple, Hamilton) as Lil Hardin, Brennyn Lark (Broadway: Six, Les Misérables) as Alpha Smith and Khalifa White (Broadway: Caroline, or Change, Little Shop of Horrors) as Daisy Parker.
The cast also features DeWitt Fleming, Jr. (TV: “Boardwalk Empire,” NY City Center Encores!: The Tap Dance Kid) as Lincoln Perry, Gavin Gregory (Broadway: The Color Purple, The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess) as King Joe Oliver, Matthew Greenwood (TV: “1923”) as Johnny Collins, and Matt Wolpe (Broadway: Finding Neverland) as Joe Glaser, with Ronnie Bowman (Broadway: The Music Man), Eean Cochran (Public Theater: The Harder They Come), Lindsey Corey (Miami New Drama: A Wonderful World), Jamal Christopher Douglas (Broadway: Paradise Square), Alexandra Frohlinger (Broadway: Soul Doctor), Afra Hines (Broadway: Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, Funny Girl), Alan Kelly (National Tour: Pippin, West End: We Will Rock You), Ashley McManus (National Tour: A Bronx Tale), Aurelia Michael (Broadway: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), Alysha Morgan (Public Theater: The Harder They Come), Jarran Muse (Broadway: Motown the Musical), Aaron Michael Ray (Broadway: Come From Away), Khadijah Rolle (Regional: Sister Act the Musical), Dave Schoonover (Broadway: Bad Cinderella, National Tour: Love Never Dies), Brett Sturgis (Broadway: On Your Feet!, Aida), Renell Taylor (Regional: Newsies, Chicago, Dames at Sea), and Dori Waymer (Regional: The Color Purple).
Conceived by Drama Desk Award winner and Tony Award nominee, Christopher Renshaw (Broadway’s The King and I, Taboo), and novelist Andrew Delaplaine and directed by Renshaw, A Wonderful World has an original book by Aurin Squire (“This is Us,” “The Good Fight,” “Evil”) and features songs recorded and made popular by Armstrong. Wife and husband team Annastasia Victory (Caroline, or Change, Once on This Island) and Michael O. Mitchell (MJ the Musical, Motown the Musical) provide music supervision and direction, co-arrangements, and orchestrations.
Renshaw directs the production, with Choreography by Rickey Tripp (Associate Choreographer for Broadway’s Once on This Island and Choir Boy). DeWitt Fleming, Jr. provides Specialty Tap Choreography. Christina Sajous serves as Associate Director and Aurelia Michael as Associate Choreographer. RL Campbell serves as Production Stage Manager.
Scenic and Projection design is by Adam Koch and Steven Royal. Costume design is by four-time Tony Award nominee Toni-Leslie James. Lighting design is by Cory Pattak. Sound design is by Tony Award winner Kai Harada.
Casting is by Duncan Stewart CSA, ARC Casting. A Wonderful World is produced by Thomas E. Rodgers, Jr., Renee Rodgers, Andrew Delaplaine, Vanessa Williams, Liz Curtis, and Martian Entertainment (Carl D. White and Gregory Rae). Consulting Producer is Irene Gandy. General Management is by Martian Entertainment.
The World Premiere of A Wonderful World was presented by Miami New Drama in 2021-2022, Michel Hausmann – Artistic Director; Nicholas Richberg – Managing Director.