Is not too proud Candidate Tony Ephraim Sykes (Hamilton, Hairspray Live!) joined the cast of New Group’s world premiere production More black. The new musical, based on George S. Schuyler’s 1931 Afrofuturist novel of the same name set during the Harlem Renaissance, will premiere from January 11 to February 27, 2022 at the Pershing Square Signature Center. The opening night is scheduled for February 8.
Directed by Scott Elliott with choreography by Tony winner Bill T. Jones, the production will also feature The Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter – who also composed the show – with Brandon Victor Dixon (Hamilton, Power), Lillias White, Tony winner (Chicago, life), Jennifer Damiano (Next to normal), Tamika Laurent (If so), Théo Stockman (American psychopath), Tracy Shayne (Bronx Bombers), and Tony winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago, guys and dolls). The additional cast will be announced later.
More black features music and lyrics by Trotter and a book by John Ridley as well as musical supervision, orchestrations and vocal arrangements by Daryl Waters.
The musical, originally announced for fall 2020, tells the story of Max Disher (Dixon), who is eager to try out the mysterious machine invented by Dr. Junius Crookman (Trotter) that guarantees to “solve the problem of the American race “- turning black people white.
Upcoming directing will also include musical direction and dance arrangements by Zane Mark, stage design by Derek McLane, costume design by Qween Jean, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Nevin Steinberg and the cast of Rebecca Scholl and Kristian Charbonier of The Telsey Office. . The production manager is Valerie A. Peterson, Nicole Iovino as assistant manager.
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