The Royale Hits the Ring at Lincoln Center
Montego Glover, Clarke Peters, and more star in Marco Ramirez's play, based on the life of heavyweight champion Jack Johnson.
Directed by Rachel Chavkin, the cast includes Tony nominee Montego Glover (It Shoulda Been You) and Tony-nominated book writer Clarke Peters (Five Guys Named Moe) as well as McKinley Belcher III, Khris Davis, and John Lavelle.
Loosely based on the real-life experiences of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight world champion, The Royale tells the fictional story of Jay "The Sport" Johnson (Davis). In the play, it's 1905 and as Johnson faces his opponents – and confronts his demons – he exposes the troublesome events in his life that have propelled him into the ring.