Jelani Alladin and Jordan Tyson Star in Sweetee
Patricia Birch directs the new musical, which opens tonight.
Sweetee, the new musical featuring a book, music, and lyrics by Gail Kriegel (Home Front, Seven), is set for opening night tonight at the Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Check out photos from the production, running through June 18, in the gallery below.
Directed and choreographed by five-time Tony nominee Patricia Birch (Grease, Candide, Parade) Sweetee tells the story of an outcast minister, a young street singer, and a band of orphans in the Depression-era South. As they struggle to make music and find their place in a world amid bigotry and poverty, a tale emerges of spiritual triumph in the face of adversity and racism.
The cast includes Jelani Alladin (upcoming Broadway production of Frozen), Katy Blake (Mamma Mia!), Cedric Cannon (Camelot), Adante Carter (Carrie), Hugh Cha (The King and I), Dave Droxler (Candide), Morgan Siobhan Green (A Dog Play!), Jeremiah James (Carousel), Amir Royale, Jordan Tyson, and Katherine Weber (Into the Woods).
Sweetee features scenic design by Timothy Mackabee, costume design by Tricia Barsamian, lighting design by Kirk Bookman, and sound design by Janie Bullard. Doug Katsaros serves as music director, with Greg Uliasz as associate director.