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James Monroe Iglehart in A Wonderful World. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.
James Monroe Iglehart in A Wonderful World. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

Louis Armstrong Musical A Wonderful World to Open on Broadway This Fall

After winning rave reviews in New Orleans and Chicago, Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart (AladdinHamiltonSpamalot) will star as jazz legend and American icon Louis Armstrong in A Wonderful World: The Louis Armstrong Musical on Broadway in Fall 2024.

A Wonderful World will open on Monday, November 11, 2024, at Studio 54, with previews set to begin on October 16, 2024. Tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks. The new musical is being presented in association with Roundabout Theatre Company.

With a book by Aurin Squire (This Is Us, The Good Fight) and featuring songs made famous by Louis Armstrong, A Wonderful World is co-conceived by Drama Desk Award winner and Tony Award nominee Christopher Renshaw (The King and ITaboo) and Andrew Delaplaine, and directed by Renshaw.

Cast and full creative team for A Wonderful World: The Louis Armstrong Musical will be announced soon.

James Monroe Iglehart in A Wonderful World. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.
James Monroe Iglehart in A Wonderful World. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

Last fall, Iglehart starred in the pre-Broadway production of A Wonderful World in New Orleans and Chicago, where he won raves for his performance.

“I am so excited to bring this wonderful brand-new musical to Broadway,” James Monroe Iglehart commented. “American music wouldn’t be what it is today without Louis Armstrong and what is Broadway if not American music? ‘Pops’ doesn’t get enough credit for his contribution to our entertainment industry or our country. I know I have never studied, researched, or prepared for anything as much in my career as I have for this role. I feel such a strong connection and an obligation to bring his voice, his music, and his story to the one place where it can be presented in all its glory – Broadway! I can’t wait for you all to become a part of A Wonderful World.”

Louis Armstrong’s innovative musicianship and incredible charisma as trumpeter and vocalist would lead him from the early days of jazz in his native New Orleans to five decades of international stardom. A Wonderful World tells the story of Armstrong’s blazing musical career from the perspective of his four wives, who each had a unique impact on his life.