Press Releases


September, 2012
Contact: Johnny Van Heest, Public Relations Manager
215.893.9456 ext. 102 |

The Wilma Theater adds Long Wharf Theatre’s SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF starring OBIE Award-winning John Douglas Thompson
SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF by Terry Teachout celebrates the life of Louis Armstrong in its only Philadelphia appearance

WHAT: The Wilma Theater is pleased to announce the just-added limited engagement of Satchmo at the Waldorf, a new one-man play by author and critic Terry Teachout, directed by Long Wharf Theatre Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein, and starring OBIE Award-winning actor John Douglas Thompson. Set backstage at the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in March 1971, Louis Armstrong, the greatest trumpet player in the world, sits in his dressing room trying to pull himself together following his celebrated performance. Because as long as they clap, Louis will go out there and play. His mind wanders through the amazing journey of his life and his complex relationship with his manager Joe Glaser. Satchmo at the Waldorf will mark John’s return to the Wilma’s stage after appearing in Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train which garnered him a Barrymore Award in 2004. The Wilma Theater is the only theater in Philadelphia to produce this play after critically-acclaimed runs at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT and Shakespeare & Company in The Berkshires, MA.

WHEN: November 16 through December 2, 2012. Members of the press are invited to attend Press Night on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 8:00pm. For ticket reservations, please contact Johnny Van Heest at or 215.896.9456 x102.

TICKETS:  Tickets range from $39 to $54, and are available at the Wilma’s Box Office by calling 215.546.7824, visiting, or coming to the theater, located at 265 South Broad Street in Philadelphia. Discounted ticket options are available for students, groups, or anyone in their 20s. Information on discounts is available at

The Doubletree Hotel, FISH Restaurant, and The Sporting Club at The Bellevue are the Season Sponsors for The Wilma Theater’s 2012/2013 Season.