Phillip Boykin will play Tonton Julian in Once on This Island.
Phillip Boykin will play Tonton Julian in Once on This Island.
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Initial casting has been announced for the upcoming Broadway revival of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's musical Once on This Island. Directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Camille A. Brown, the musical will play Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre beginning Thursday, November 9, with opening night set for December 3.

Phillip Boykin, Alysha Deslorieux, Kenita R. Miller, and Isaac Powell will head the company as Tonton Julian, Andrea, Mama Euralie, and Daniel, respectively. Darlesia Cearcy, Rodrick Covington, Cassondra James, David Jennings, Grasan Kingsberry, Tyler Hardwick, Loren Lott, T. Oliver Reid, and Aurelia Williams will play the storytellers.

Casting for the role of Ti Moune is still to be announced.

The production will feature new orchestrations by original orchestrator Michael Starobin, with AnnMarie Milazzo providing vocal orchestrations. The creative team also includes Dane Laffrey (scenic design), Clint Ramos (costume design), and Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (lighting designers). Tony winner Nikki M. James will serve as assistant director, with David Perlow as associate director, Peter Hylenski as sound designer, Chris Fenwick as music supervisor, and Alvin Hough Jr. as music director.

The musical is inspired by the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy. Arden's production "transforms the reality of post-storm Haiti into a fantastical world bursting with Caribbean rhythms and dance," according to a press release.

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