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Suzan-Lori Parks Musical The Harder They Come Announces Complete Casting

Parks has adapted the 1972 Jamaican film into a stage musical.

Natey Jones will make his American stage debut as Ivan in The Harder They Come.
Natey Jones will make his American stage debut as Ivan in The Harder They Come.
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The Public Theater has announced complete casting for the world premiere of The Harder They Come, which is set to begin previews at the Public on February 16, 2023, ahead of an official opening night on Wednesday, March 15. Performances are scheduled through March 26.

The new musical is based on the 1972 film, which was produced and directed by Perry Henzell, and co-written with Trevor Rhone. The Harder They Come tells the story of Ivan, a young singer who arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, eager to become a star. After falling in love and cutting a record deal with a powerful music mogul, Ivan soon learns that the game is rigged, and as he becomes increasingly defiant, he finds himself in a battle that threatens not only his life, but the very fabric of Jamaican society.

Natey Jones will make his American stage debut as Ivan. He is joined by J. Bernard Calloway (Preacher), Tyla Collier (Understudy), Tiffany Francès (Understudy), Garfield Hammonds (Understudy), Denver Andre Taylor (Understudy), Sir Brock Warren (Ensemble), Carla Woods (Understudy), and Christopher Henry Young (Ensemble).

As previously reported, the cast will also be led by Jeannette Bayardelle as Daisy. Additional, the cast will include Shawn Bowers (Ensemble), Andrew Clarke (Lyle), Jamal Christopher Douglas (Ensemble), Dana Marie Ingraham (Ensemble), Dominique Johnson (Jose), Chelsea-Ann Jones (Ensemble), Dudney Joseph Jr (Ray), Dwight Xaveir Leslie (Understudy), Morgan McGhee (Ensemble), Meecah (Elsa), Jacob Ming-Trent (Pedro), Alysha Morgan (Ensemble), Ken Robinson (Hilton), and Housso Semon (Ensemble).

Directed by Tony Taccone, The Harder They Come features a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks, songs by Jimmy Cliff, music supervision by Kenny Seymour, choreography by Edgar Godineaux, and co-direction by Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo.

The Harder They Come will feature scenic design by Clint Ramos & Diggle; costume design by Emilio Sosa; sound design by Walter Trarbach; projection design by Hana S. Kim; hair, wig and makeup design by Earon Chew Nealey; prop management by Claire M. Kavanah; and music direction by John Bronston. Jeffrey Rodriguez will serve as production stage manager and Amanda Michaels and Alex Murphy will serve as stage managers.

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Final performance: April 2, 2023