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Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy Announces Full Broadway Cast

Manhattan Theatre Club has moved up the opening date.

Chuck Cooper will reprise the role he played in the 2013 off-Broadway production of Choir Boy for its upcoming Broadway premiere.
(© Tricia Baron)

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced the full cast for the Broadway premiere of Choir Boy at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Nicholas L. Ashe, Daniel Bellomy, Jonathan Burke, Gerald Caesar, John Clay III, Caleb Eberhardt, Marcus Gladney, and J. Quinton Johnson will join the previously announced Chuck Cooper, Austin Pendleton, and Jeremy Pope.

In addition, the opening date has been moved up. Previously announced to open on January 22, 2019, Choir Boy will now begin previews on December 11 ahead of an opening on January 10, 2019.

The play's plot is described as follows: "For half a century, the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?"

Choir Boy will mark Tarell Alvin McCraney's Broadway debut. The play was first performed at MTC's Studio at Stage II – Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series in summer 2013, extending twice during its run. The work was commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club with support from Time Warner Inc.