Frozen Star Jelani Alladin Joins New Musical Sweetee
Tony nominee Patricia Birch directs the production, which opens off-Broadway this May.
Sweetee, a new musical featuring a book, music, and lyrics by Gail Kriegel (Home Front, Seven) will play at the Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center from May 21-June 18, with an official June 1 opening.
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 American South. As they struggle to make music and find their place in a world marked by bigotry and poverty, a tale emerges of spiritual triumph in the face of adversity and racism.
The cast includes Jelani Alladin (Kristoff in the 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 (Billy Bigelow in the West End revival of Carousel), Amir Royale, Jordan Tyson, and Katherine Weber (Into the Woods).
The production of 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.