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Pose's Ryan Jamaal Swain to Join Broadway's Choir Boy Cast

Swain will enter the show later this month.

Ryan Jamaal Swain will join the cast of Choir Boy.
Ryan Jamaal Swain will join the cast of Choir Boy.
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Ryan Jamaal Swain, who plays the role of Damon Richards on the FX series Pose, will join the company of Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy on February 26. Swain will understudy the leading role and also be part of the ensemble.

The production marks 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. Choir Boy was commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club with support from Time Warner Inc.

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 runs through March 10 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.