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Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter

The Life runs through March 20, 2022 at New York City Center.

The Life, directed and adapted by Billy Porter, is now in performances at City Center Encores!. The production stars Jelani Alladin as Lou, Alexandra Grey as Queen, Antwayn Hopper as Memphis, Grammy nominee Mykal Kilgore as Young JoJo, Grammy Award winner Ledisi as Sonja, Erika Olson as Mary, Destan Owens as Old Jojo, and Ken Robinson as Fleetwood. Performances run through March 20, 2022. Click here for tickets.

Nominated for 12 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) The Life tells the story of Queen, and her fellow sex workers, who strive for a better life against oppressive forces in post-disco Times Square. Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award-winning artist Billy Porter (Pose, Kinky Boots) reinvents this musical for a whole new generation to bring forth the gritty, dangerous, and exciting decadence of New York City in 1980.

As concert adapter and director, Porter has received the full blessing of the Cy Coleman, Ira Gasman, and David Newman estates to reshape a classic music-comedy into a powerful musical drama, humanizing the production's Black characters in their struggles, passions, and desperate bids for success. Featuring new, funk-infused arrangements and orchestrations by James Sampliner and new vocal arrangements by Michael McElroy, this bold revival reclaims The Life through Porter's singular lens.

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Ken Robinson, Ensemble

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Alexandra Grey

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Cast of The Life

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Antwayn Hopper, Ensemble

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Ledisi, Alexandra Grey

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Ledisi

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Ken Robinson

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Erika Olson, Ensemble

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Cast of The Life

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Antwayn Hopper, Ensemble

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Mykal Kilgore, Ensemble

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Alexandra Grey, Ledisi, Ensemble

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Destan Owens, Ensemble

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Alexandra Grey, Ledisi

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Destan Owens, Ensemble

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Cast of The Life

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Ledisi

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Cast of The Life

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Ledisi, Alexandra Grey, Ensemble

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Erika Olson, Jelani Alladin, Ensemble

Photos: First Look at Encores! THE LIFE, Directed by Billy Porter
Destan Owens


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