January 8 - March 10, 2019
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre: New York, NY
For half a century, the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?
Now, we’re thrilled to bring this soaring music-filled work to Broadway. Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney is an Oscar®-winning screenwriter of Moonlight and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship Grant. Directing is Trip Cullman (Murder Ballad).
Broadway Premiere by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Trip Cullman
Music by Jason Michael Webb
Associate Choreographer Rickey Tripp
“No doubt invited to be performed — and not just talked about — on the Tonys because it relies so much on song and dance, it made the most of the opportunity, thanks to Jason Michael Webb’s superb arrangement of the traditional spiritual “Rockin’ Jerusalem,” and Camille Brown’s step-dance choreography. This was a stark and beautiful reminder that music and dance are forms of drama, not to be kept in separate cages.”
-The New York Times
“notably strong choreography by Camille A. Brown.”
“stunning and empowering choreography”
“smoothly choreographed by Camille A. Brown (Once On This Island) and performed by a “choir” that’s as hip and exciting as any vocal group from the 1960s.”
-DC Theatre Scene
“ A pair of step sequences choreographed by Camille A. Brown rivetingly captures the confinements of a school supposedly striving to maximize its students’ eventual freedom.”
“Camille A. Brown’s choreography, which helps keep musical theater lovers satisfied during this play with music. There’s a few rousing songs with movement that is so raw and exciting that you’ll want to jump out of your seat and give them standing ovations. Fresh off Once On This Island, Camille proves once again that she is a force to be reckoned with in the world of choreography.”