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A Wonderful World

Previews Begin October 16

James Monroe Iglehart, who stars as the New Orleans-born Armstrong, has captured the beloved musician's unique voice and aura to uncanny perfection

Why See A Wonderful World?



A New World For Broadway

A Wonderful World, a musical about the life, times, and music of jazz legend Louis Armstrong will make its Broadway debut this fall, starring Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart as the lauded trumpeteer. Featuring some of Armstrong's most iconic songs, the production has an original book by This Is Us screenwriter Aurin Squire and direction from Tony nominee Christopher Renshaw. 

With celebrated engagements in Miami (where it premiered with Miami New Drama in 2021) New Orleans and Chicago, A Wonderful World pays tribute to Armstrony's legacy and includes some of his most famous tunes: "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "What a Wonderful World," and "When You're Smiling."

Speaking on the show's Broadway transfer, Iglehart said: "I am so excited to bring this wonderful brand-new musical to Broadway. American music wouldn't be what it is today without Louis Armstrong and what is Broadway if not American music?"

What is the story?

Told from the perspectives of the women in his life, A Wonderful World chronicles Armstrong's journey from the genesis of trad jazz in his home city of New Orleans to mainstream recognition, punctuated by the poignant history of the civil rights movement and America's complicated relationship with race relations. 

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Additional Information


Previews from: 16 October 2024

Opening night: 11 November 2024

Run time

Two hours and 40 minutes with one interval


You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.

Cast and Creative


James Monroe Iglehart as Louis Armstrong


Co-conceived and directed by Christopher Renshaw 
Book by Aurin Squire
Music supervision and direction by Michael O. Mitchell and Annastasia Victory 
Choreography by Rickey Tripp
Co-conceived by Andrew Delaplaine
Produced by Vanessa Williams
Scenic and projection design by Adam Koch and Steven Royal
Costume design by Toni-Leslie James
Lighting design by Cory Pattak
Sound design by Kai Harada

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