The production began previews Oct. 19 at the newly renovated and refurbished Playhouse and played a total of nine previews and 19 regular performances. First presented at London's Hackney Playhouse, Symphony was written and performed by Dominic Hoffman and featured original music by Billy Mitchell. Jon Zimmerman and Darren Lee Cole were producers of the New York run.
Uncles Jacques' Symphony, according to production notes, "begins with the introduction of Jacques Hoffman, a 'hip cat with fast hands on the music scene in 1950's Chicago.' A jazz drummer that had to wrench himself away from club dates and late nights in order to enter [the 9 to 5 world]. The change tore the music out of Jacques' soul [so] he built a symphony out of the people in his life. . . .This is a play about seven of these very diverse human beings who all shared the friendship of Jacques Hoffman."