The Public Free Performances of THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS Begin Next Week
The Public Theater and the Onassis Foundation USA will begin free performances for a limited six-performance run of THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS on Tuesday, September 4. With book, original lyrics, and direction by Lee Breuerand original music, adapted lyrics, and music direction by Bob Telson, the iconic musical returns to New York City for the first time since 2004 to celebrate the 35thAnniversary of the original production at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music and to honor visionary director Lee Breuer for his lifetime of excellence and historic collaboration with The Public Theater. THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS will run through Sunday, September 9 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
Tickets for THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS will be distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the show. Tickets will be distributed by mobile lottery on the TodayTix app each date that there is a public performance at the Delacorte Theater. On each public performance date, a limited number of vouchers for that night's performance will also be distributed via an in-person lottery at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place. With a tax deductible donation of $75 or $150, you'll receive a reserved seat to the event. For information and to donate, call 212.967.7555.
The complete cast of THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS features Rev. Dr. Earl F. Miller (The Messenger); The Blind Boys of Alabama (Oedipus); The Legendary Soul Stirrers: Willie Rogers, Ben Odom, Gene Stewart (Choragos); Wren T. Brown (Theseus); Greta Oglesby (Antigone); Shari Addison (Ismene); J.D. Steele(Choir Director); Tina Fabrique (Soloist); Jeff Young (Soloist); Sam Butler Jr. (Balladeer); Jay Caldwell (Creon); Kevin Davis (Polyneices); Carolyn Johnson-White (Choir Soloist); and Josie Johnson (Chorus).
THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS is one of the most powerful, soul-stirring shows in theater history. Set in the context of a black Pentecostal service, it is an exuberant re-telling of Sophocles' classic Oedipus at Colonus. With the ground-shaking thunder of a gospel revival meeting, this Obie-winning adaptation celebrates the 2400-year-old myth of Oedipus' redemption with a rousing gospel and blues score.
Conceived, adapted, and directed by MacArthur Genius Grant winner Lee Breuer, with music composed, arranged, and directed by Academy Award nominee Bob Telson, THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS is a one-of-a-kind show featuring more than 40 powerhouse voices including gospel legends The Blind Boys of Alabamaand The Original Soul Stirrers. THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS is produced by Sharon Levy/Dovetail Productions, Inc. with Associate Producer Mabou Mines and co-directed by Dodd Loomis.
BOROUGH DISTRIBUTION: A limited number of vouchers will also be distributed, while supplies last on September 5 at Brooklyn Central Library (10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn); September 7 at Harlem School of the Arts (645 St Nicholas Ave, Manhattan); and September 8 at Marcy Library (617 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn). Each person in line is allowed two vouchers and each voucher is good for one ticket for that evening's performance. Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets at the Delacorte Theater Box Office that day from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
To allow as many New Yorkers the opportunity to experience THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS there will be an ADA audio described performance on Friday, September 7; an open caption performance on Saturday, September 8; and an ASL performance on Sunday, September 9. More information about these performances can be found at www.publictheater.org.