CHOIR BOY Begins Previews Tonight at Manhattan Theatre Club
Manhattan Theatre Club's American premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy, the new play featuring gospel music directed by Trip Cullman begins previews tonight at 7:30 PM in preparation for a Tuesday, July 2 opening at MTC's The Studio at Stage II - Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center - Stage II (131 West 55th Street).
The limited engagement of Choir Boy features Nicholas L. Ashe (The Lion King), Kyle Beltran (In The Heights), Grantham Coleman (As You Like It), Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper (The Piano Lesson), Drama Desk Award winner Austin Pendleton(Ivanov), Jeremy Pope (Little Shop of Horrors), and Wallace Smith (American Idiot).
In order to ensure that tickets to Choir Boy are affordable to the widest possible, most diverse audiences, MTC is pricing all tickets at $30. Tickets are on sale via CityTix (212-581-1212), www.nycitycenter.org and at the New York City Center Box Office.
The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys is dedicated to the creation of strong, ethical black men. Pharus (Jeremy Pope) wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the school's legendary gospel choir. Can he find his way inside the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?
The creative team for the new MTC production of Choir Boy includes: David Zinn (scenic and costume design), Peter Kaczorowski(lighting design), Fitz Patton (sound design), and Jason Michael Webb (music director).
Commissioned by MTC with support from Time Warner Inc., Choir Boy opened at London's Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in a co-production with MTC and was hailed by critics. Below is a sampling of the critical response for the play:
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country's most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past three decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 18 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and an Off-Broadway theatre at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55thStreet). Since January 2011, Mandy Greenfield (Artistic Producer) has taken the lead in programming and execution at MTC's Off-Broadway home. Renowned MTC productions include Venus in Fur; Master Class; Good People; The Whipping Man; Time Stands Still;The Royal Family; Ruined; The American Plan; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt;Proof; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain't Misbehavin.'
The Studio at Stage II is Manhattan Theatre Club's new initiative, under the leadership of Mandy Greenfield, at New York City Center - Stage II (131 West 55th Street). The initiative launched fall of 2012 with the sold out, critically acclaimed world premiere of MURDER BALLAD the new rock musical by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash and continues this summer with the American premiere of Choir Boy. As part of The Studio at Stage II, MTC and Ars Nova (Jason Eagan, Artistic Director; Jeremy Blocker, Managing Director) have partnered to launch The Writer's Room a program to commission, develop, and support playwrights in the process of creating new work for the stage. Commissioned writers for 2012-2013 are Adam Bock (A Small Fire) and Justin Levine (Bonfire Night) collaborating on the creation of a new musical; Thomas Bradshaw (Job); Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale); and Sharyn Rothstein (The Invested).
The Studio at Stage II has been partially underwritten with a major grant from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.
CHOIR BOY is a co-production with ALLIANCE THEATRE.
Tickets for Choir Boy are available at the New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix (212-581-1212), and www.nycitycenter.org. In order to ensure that tickets to Choir Boy are affordable to the widest possible, most diverse audiences, MTC is pricing tickets at $30 for the initial run of the show.
TUESDAY, JUNE 18 - SUNDAY, JUNE 23: Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
MONDAY, JUNE 24 - SUNDAY, JUNE 30: Monday and Tuesday at 7:30 PM, Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. There will be no performance on Wednesday, June 26 of this week.
MONDAY, JULY 1 - SUNDAY, JULY 7 (WEEK OF OPENING & JULY 4 HOLIDAY): Monday through Wednesday at 7:30 PM, Friday through Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. There will be no performance on Thursday, July 4 of this week. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
MONDAY, JULY 8 - SUNDAY, JULY 21: Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.