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One-man play looks at life of trumpet legend Armstrong

John Douglas Thompson portrays jazz legend Louis Armstrong in Shakespeare & Company’s “Satchmo at the Waldorf,” opening Friday at the Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox, Mass. (KEVIN SPRAGUE)
John Douglas Thompson portrays jazz legend Louis Armstrong in Shakespeare & Company’s “Satchmo at the Waldorf,” opening Friday at the Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox, Mass. (KEVIN SPRAGUE)
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His theater date may have disappointed him, but John Douglas Thompson was blown away by the show. “I was supposed to meet this young lady at a show at Yale Rep, but she never showed up,” remembered Thompson, an OBIE Award-winning performer who is starring in “Satchmo at the Waldorf” at Shakespeare & Company opening Friday and running through Sept. 16. “So I went in by myself and saw August Wilson’s ‘Joe Turner’s Come and ...

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