‘Sweetee’ Begins Performances Tonight
Sweetee (www.SweeteeTheMusical.com), a new American musical, begins a strictly limited engagement at the Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues) from tonight, May 23 – June 18, with opening night on June 1. Performances are Tuesdays at 8:00PM, Wednesdays at 2:30PM and 8:00PM, Thursdays at 8:00PM, Fridays at 8:00PM, Saturdays at 7:30PM and Sundays at 3:00PM. Tickets are $65. Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Central at www.ticketcentral.com, by calling at (212) 279-4200, or in person at 416 W. 42nd Street (12-8pm daily).
Directed and choreographed by five time Tony® nominee and two-time Emmy Award winner Patricia Birch (Broadway: Grease, Candide, ParadeSweetee tells the story of an outcast minister, a young street singer, and a band of orphans in the 1930’s 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. Nothing comes easy…but dreams are big.
Sweetee features book, music and lyrics by Gail Kriegel (Home Front, Seven), scenic design by Timothy Mackabee (Broadway: The Elephant Man), costume design by Tricia Barsamian (Broadway: Present Laughter), lighting design by Kirk Bookman (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and sound design by Janie Bullard (Cagney). Doug Katsaros (Broadway: The Rocky Horror Show) in the musical director and Greg Uliasz (Heaven Can Wait) is the associate director.
The cast includes: Jelani Aladdin (Future Broadway: Frozen, Macbeth), Katy Blake (Mamma Mia!), Cedric Cannon (Camelot), Adante Carter (Carrie, the Musical), 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, member of best selling recording group Teatro), Amir Royale, Jordan Tyson and Katherine Weber (Into The Woods).
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The Pershing Square Signature Center, the permanent home of Signature Theatre, is a three-theatre facility on West 42nd Street designed by Frank Gehry Architects to host Signature’s three distinct playwrights’ residencies and foster a cultural community. The Center is a major contribution to New York City’s cultural landscape and provides a venue for cultural organizations that supports and encourages collaboration among artists throughout the space. In addition to it’s three intimate theatres, the Center features a studio theatre, rehearsal studio, a bookstore, and the Signature Café + Bar, open to the public from noon-midnight Tuesdays – Sundays. For more information on renting the Center, please visit www.signaturetheatre.org/rentals.