Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Combining New Orleans jazz and modern dance, the musical "Fat Tuesday (And All That Jazz)" opened at Wolf Trap Tuesday night making the 5,000 fans feel that they were part of the pageantry of Mardi Gras.
"Fat Tuesday" is a literal translation of Mardi Gras and is the first original production undertaken by the Tennessee Performing Arts Foundation.
Harold Dejan's "Olympia Brass Band" from Preservation Hall played their famous jazz as members of the Arthur Hall Dance Ensemble excited the audience with lavish costumes, shouting and dancing.
The choreography was superb, saucy and loud and danced the way jazz should be danced.
There was the song "Did He Ramble" with lyrics like he "rambled all around till the butcher cut him down" played when the body is interred.
The audience was not left out of the ceremony. When the Olympia Brass Band left the stage along with dancers, they formed a spectacular return from the funeral, led by the traditional Glitter Umbrella Man, marching down the ramp and blasting out "When the Saints Go Marching In."
The crowd rose, and forming a second line followed the parade into the night, never wanting this wonderful evening to end.