South Carolina, 1964. Lily Owens, a restless white teenager, struggles with her merciless father and the haunting memory of her mother's death. When Rosaleen, her black caregiver, is beaten and jailed for asserting her right to vote, Lily's rebellious spirit is ignited. She and Rosaleen escape on an adventure where they are taken in by a trio of black beekeeping sisters. While Lily tries to unlock the secrets of her past, she and Rosaleen find solace in the mesmerizing world of bees and spirituality in this extraordinary tale of awakening, fellowship, and healing.
The Secret Life of Bees is a world-premiere musical written by multi-Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat), with music by Tony Award and Grammy Award winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), lyrics by multi-Tony nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Susan Birkenhead (Jelly's Last Jam), and directed by Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home), based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd.