Stanley Wayne Mathis


 Stanley Wayne Mathis 




by Dale Ricardo Shields

“I read somewhere many years ago while working on the West Coast (The Jelly’s Last Jam workshop at The Mark Taper Forum) “Fame is what others give you. Success is what you give yourself.” – Stanley Wayne Mathis

Stanley Wayne Mathis has directed and choreographed for these organizations shows such as Westside Story, Little Shop Of Horrors, Jelly’s Last Jam and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown as well as teaching acting and dance.

He studied Musical Theater at Washington International College in D.C., at Cynthia Belgraves Studios and HB Studios in NY. He also was a member of Ebony Impromtu Theater Company in D.C. and danced with The Charles Moore African Dancers And Drummers in Brookyln, NY.

Stanley has performed on The Great White Way in Broadway productions such as Oh Kay! which won him The 1991 Fred Astaire Award for Best Dancer, starring Brian Stokes Mitchell and Nice Work If You Can Get It starring Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Broderick




“With a book by George C. Wolfe, and music by Jelly Roll Morton and Luther Henderson. JELLY’S LAST JAM is based on the life and career of Morton, generally regarded as one of the primary driving forces behind the introduction of jazz to the American public in the early 20th century, it also serves as a social commentary on the African-American experience during the era. The production starred tap legend Gregory Hines along with Tonya Pinkins and featured the irrepressible tap talent of Savion Glover as a young Jelly. Tony Awards® – Best Actor in a Musical, Gregory Hines – Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Tonya Pinkins.”


Tonya Pinkins, Gregory Hines and Stanley Wayne Mathis in a rehearsal shot from                                                                                          the Broadway musical Jelly’s Last Jam.(New York)


Jelly’s Last Jam [Broadway’s Lost Treasures]

Remembering Jelly’s Last Jam
“George C. Wolfe staged Jelly’s Last Jam within an inch of its life. It was relentless, moving, magical and seamless. His work was nominated for a Best Director Tony Award and the show was nominated for the Best Musical prize. It won neither, but where it particularly impressed was in the performance of Gregory Hines who played Jelly Roll Morton. Hines sang, acted, and boy did he tap dance with a ferocity that captured the anger and frustration that was mounting inside the character. Also in the show were Savion Glover, Kenneth D. Ard, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Ann Duquesnay, Tonya Pinkins (who would win a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical), Mary Bond Davis, Stanley Wayne Mathis, and Keith David.”

Backstage look at 1992 musical about Jelly Roll Morton, Jelly’s Last Jam, narrated by Denzel Washington and featuring cast members Gregory Harrison, Tonya Pinkins, Savion Glover, Keith David, Mary Bond Davis, Stanley Wayne, and musical director Luther Henderson.


Throwback – The original L.A. Cast of Jelly’ s Last Jam. (pre Broadway)                                                                                                             Freda Payne, Karole Foreman, Scotch Ellis Loring, Keith David, Linda Twine, Leiloni Jones, Obba Babatundé, Peggy Ann Blow, Robert Fleming, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tonya Pinkins, Phylliss Bailey Brooks, Stanley Wayne Mathis,  Mary Bond Davis and DeBorah Lynn Sharpe-Taylor.

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