Alicia Keys Talks STICK FLY and Broadway Dreams
Grammy Award-winner Alicia Keys with Reuben Cannon & Nelle Nugent previously announced the Broadway premiere of STICK FLY, the critically-acclaimed American play by Lydia R. Diamond and directed by Kenny Leon, opening on Broadway on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 W. 45th Street). Performances begin Friday, November 18, 2011. Tickets are now on sale through Telecharge.com.
Keys was recently honored with a wax figure at Times Square's Madame Tussauds, and MTV caught up with her there to talk about STICK FLY, New York City, and what it's like to become a part of Broadway.
"The piece is really about this beautiful African-American family in Martha's Vineyard, and it is so deep," she told MTV about STICK FLY. "It's about all the secrets that families have, and it's funny. What I love about it is it bypasses everything...you haven't seen this family before on Broadway. It's universal and at the same time unique."
The show marks a dream come true for Keys, who despite her huge success in the music business had never had a hand in any Broadway projects. "Broadway is something that's played an integral part in my life," she said. "It's been something that I've experienced my whole life, I've always wanted to be a part of it."
STICK FLY was developed in a recent co-production last year between the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston and Arena Stage in Washington D.C. The play had its world premiere at Chicago's Congo Square Theatre Company in 2006 and was subsequently performed at theatres including the McCarter Theatre in 2007 and the Matrix Theatre Company in Los Angeles in 2009. STICK FLY is the recipient of 2011 Independent Reviewers of New England Awards for Best Play and Best Director of a Drama (Kenny Leon); 2010 LA Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best Production, Best Direction and Best Ensemble Performance; a 2010 LA Garland Award for Playwriting; a 2009 LA Weekly Theatre Award for Playwriting; and, the 2006 Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best New Play. It was also a 2008 Susan Blackburn Prize finalist and a nominee for the 2006 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work.
Casting, creative team, and additional production information will be announced soon. Tickets are available by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area, or online at Telecharge.com.