Choir Boy at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre tickets
Choir Boy at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre tickets

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About the show

Moonlight scribe Tarell Alvin McCraney makes his Broadway debut with coming-of-age story Choir Boy. After enjoying Off-Broadway acclaim at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Studio Stage II, the play is set to open at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys has produced cohort after cohort of well-educated and ethical black men for 50 years. Amongst the current crop, gifted singer and devout Christian Pharus is a young man living life to his own beat. But as he carves a unique path through the school halls and ignores the homophobic jibes of his peers, can his dreams of taking a deserved place as leader of the school’s gospel choir become a reality?

Jeremy Pope stars as Pharus in his Broadway debut, having previously played the role at Alliance Theatre and Geffen Playhouse (2014). His other credits include Ain’t Too Proud at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The View UpStairs at the Lynne Redgrave Theater.

He is joined by a cast including Chuck Cooper (The Life), Nicholas L. Ashe and Austin Pendleton.

Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney’s drama school project In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue was the inspiration behind Barry Jenkins’ Academy Award winning movie Moonlight. His other work includes The Brother/Sister Plays.

Choir Boy is directed by Trip Cullman (Lobby Hero) with choreography from Camille A. Brown (Once On This Island), musical direction from Jason Michael Webb (The Color Purple) and set design from David Zinn (The Boys in the Band).

A heartfelt and unique account of a young man’s path to adulthood, Choir Boy on Broadway begins previews from December 12 2018.

Recommended for

Anyone who was moved by the exceptional, Academy Award winning Moonlight should secure tickets to this second offering from playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney.

Age Recommendations: TBC

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes (no intermission)
Opened: 12 Dec 2018
Press night: 08 Jan 2019
Booking from: 12 Dec 2018
Booking until: 10 Mar 2019

Location and map

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
261 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036

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One of the most humbling depictions of black masculinity and the black gay identity I have ever seen. Poignant and beautiful from start... More

briannasimpkins 4’11, 73 reviews, 1 helpful vote


TjonC 246 reviews, 1 helpful vote