Play About Thelonious Monk Opens in New York

Classic Arts News   Play About Thelonious Monk Opens in New York
Monk, a one-man play about pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, has opened at the off-Broadway Abington Theatre Complex in New York. It runs through May 8.

Laurence Holder's play stars Rome Neal as the brilliant, idiosyncratic musician. Neal, the artistic director of the theater program at New York's Nuyorican Poets Caf_, where the play was originally staged in 2000, also directed, produced, and designed the production. The score is by Bill Lee, the jazz composer and bassist and father of film director Spike Lee.

According to a review in the New York Times, Neal "drops a few names and recounts career high- and low-lights.... But this is not the show for jazz fans who want to delve deep into Monk's psychology or learn something new about his process."

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