New Writers at 54! The River Is Me by Sukari Jones & Troy Anthony feat. Tonya Pinkins & more
August 15, 2017
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Sukari Jones and Troy Anthony are an up-and-coming music theatre team. With an original gospel-blues-R&B score, the songs of The River Is Me will be performed in concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below for the first time ever. The show has a book and lyrics by Sukari Jones and music by Troy Anthony. It will feature fresh and moving music following the ghost of a recently lynched black boy, Bo, a comical, chubby 14-year-old comic book fan. Bo must recall and reckon with the last moments of his life in 1955 when Bo was lynched for whistling at a white woman, for trying to save his mother. The songs of The River Is Me will be performed by Broadway friends and veterans — for one night only.
Eddie Cooper (Little Shop of Horrors, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater)
Latoya Edwards (The Get Down, Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat)
Francesca Ferrari (Blatantly Blaine, Les Miserables)
Tanesha Gary (Caroline or Change, Bamboozled)
Brett Macias (Gumbo, Beautiful Dreamer)
Tonya Pinkins (Caroline or Change, Jelly’s Last Jam)
Larry Owens (Gigantic, Spamilton)
Jason Veasey (The Lion King, Broadway Bounty Hunter)
Director: Shariffa Ali (Public Works Community Impact Coordinator at The Public Theater)
Associate Director: Schuyler Girion (Assistant to the Director of New Work Development at The Public Theater)
Music Director: Darius Smith (Dreamgirls)
Producer: Marie Cisco