WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
"Satchmo Sings Leisurely Tune... Neal has the right twinklingly devilish stage presence to keep
the audience engaged..."
- The Orlando Sentinel, People & Arts
"Best range in a single show: In Terry Teachout's "Satchmo at the Waldorf," Dennis Neal
showed why he deserves accolades as one of Orlando's smartest actors, playing both
showman Louis Armstrong and his pragmatic manager Joe Glaser with depth and panache."
- The Orlando Sentinel
"Voted Best Performance by a Male Actor - Neal gives an exceptional performance as both
Armstrong and Glaser. He makes seamless transitions between two characters."
- The Daily City
"Dennis Neal delivers an inspiring performance... Neal transforms instantly and believably on
- Analog Artist Digital World
"Neal fits fits the role like a pair of well worn tap shoes."
- Archikulture Digest
"One hopes that Satchmo at the Waldorf will have as long and fulfilling an artistic life as its
eponymous protagonist did, so that audiences everywhere can continue to benefit from
knowing more about this great American musician. In Satchmo at the Waldorf, Louis
Armstrong lives again. What a wonderful world!”
- The Orlando Weekly
"Like a finely aged wine Dennis Neal's years of perfected acting skills delivers a tasty pallet of
deep intricate subtle flavors that is Satchmo at the Waldorf. Enjoyed the whole
- Tracy Frenkel Producer/Director/Casting Director
"Satchmo at the Waldorf was one of the most creative and engaging theatre pieces I saw last
year and having Dennis Neal playing both Satchmo and his manager was a GREAT choice in
casting. It was crazy how personal he got with the audience, so many emotions he played with.
The simplistic set was all that we needed to be emerged into this backstage world of one of
the greatest trumpet players in the world...and when Dennis starts singing like louis, ya know
he's the real deal."
- Matthew Carroll
"If it's possible for one man to create a must-see tour-de-force in a one-man show -- that is
what Dennis Neal did with depth, intelligence, and an ability to switch characters (and accents)
in a way that shows what makes acting an Art. His performance of the dual roles of two very
different characters in Satchmo is an astonishing piece of theater."
- Josh Garrick, Floridian View magazine
"Watching Dennis Neal embody the energy and spirit of Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong in Terry
Teachout's 'Satchmo at the Waldorf, was a mesmerizing experience. The simplicity of
'Satchmo,' the man and his heart, comes through in the language; Dennis takes that language
and makes it soar and dive ~ as much a virtuoso with his instrument as Satchmo was with his.
There are images, moments, that will remain with me forever. An evening, a performance, not
to be missed."
- Paula Rossman
Your "Satchmo" performance was not only brilliant, but inspired me to grow as an actor. Your
preparation and dedication was evident in developing not one, but two completely different
characters. Thank you for your truth and professionalism. Congratulations again to you and
Director Rus Blackwell on an outstanding performance and excellent collaboration."
- Susan Gallagher