re: “Jelly’s Last Jam”: NY Times review.
Posted by: stan 10:46 am EST 02/24/24
In reply to: “Jelly’s Last Jam”: NY Times review. - kieran 02:05 pm EST 02/23/24

I saw JLJ during its original run on Broadway. I was a little bored and confused. For the new production -- which sure is bubbling over with big dance numbers and terrific performances -- I'm was still a little bored and confused. How unoriginal is the idea of an Angel regurgitating the life of a prodigal son. I'm not familiar with Jelly's innovations, so I somehow missed the richness he supposedly added to the genre. When I got home, I had my smart speaker play some of his original music and it was bouncy and sleek -- I really didn't hear that in the Encores production -- which was loud and raucous. Although the Blues ballads were terrific. I might have been just overwhelmed. I'm sure this will be a big hit.
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