Out-of-towner J.D. GOLDBLATT had some big tap shoes to fill by playing pioneering jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton in Jellys Last Jam, a role created by the late, legendary hoofer Gregory Hines. Goldblatt proved neither intimidated by his predecessor nor overwhelmed by the lavish stage effects of the Alliance Theatre production, which featured New Orleans street parties, costumed minstrels and enormous, dazzling marquees. A classic triple threat, Goldblatt displayed a ringing singing voice, graceful dance moves and intense acting chops that captured Rolls complex racial demons. Heres hoping someone can coax him back to Atlanta soon.
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