In “A Tuff Shuffle,” Charlotte’s Danny Mullen Takes the TAS Audience Backstage with Louis Armstrong

Danny Mullen will perform his one-man show, "A Tuff Shuffle: Backstage with Louis Armstrong," for the Theater of the American South (Brian Gomsak Photography)

On tap in Danny Mullen’s “A Tuff Shuffle” is home-made gumbo, cooked up by Louis Armstrong himself on his dressing-room hotplate, and an intimate but wide-ranging and remarkably frank and fearless PG-13-rated autobiographical monologue, punctuated with brief but bracing reprises of Armstrong’s greatest (vocal) hits, such as “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?”; “(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue?”; “A Kiss to Build a Dream On”; “What a Wonderful World”; and “Hello, Dolly!”

TAS’ 2012 Season Includes “A Streetcar Named  Desire” and a Solo About Louis Armstrong

The Theater of the American South's 2012 season includes Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "A Tuff Shuffle," Danny Mullen's one-man show about jazz trumpeter and singer Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong

The 2012 season of the Theater of the American South, a professional theater founded in 2006, will include Tennessee Williams’ 1948 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and “A Tuff Shuffle: Backstage with Louis Armstrong,” a critically acclaimed one-man show written and performed by Danny Mullen. “A Tuff Shuffle” will play May 10-27 in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre at Barton College in Wilson, NC; and “A Streetcar Named Desire” will play May 11-27 in the Edna Boykin Cultural Center in downtown Wilson.