From the creators of It's Karate, Kid! The Musical, comes the new riff on "blaxploitation" pictures of the 1970s. The musical features Kevin Smith Kirkwood, the show's co-writer, as the Negress, a male character who dresses fabulously.
Kirkwood will be joined onstage by the newly announced Pilin Anice as Black Mama and Emily McNamara as White Mama, Tamala Baldwin as Taffy, James Solomon Benn as Rev. Preacherman/Don Finnochio, Katie Boren as Candy, Jimmy Brooks Jr. as Doodlebug, Bree Daniels as Fancy, James LaRosa as Mario, Nehemiah Luckett as Bumpy Ritz, Eric Roediger as Dick McGuffin and Julius Thomas III as Antonio.
The production is billed as "the sexy, soulful new musical comedy…[set in] 1974 in Soulsville, USA. An apathetic community lives from fix-to-fix, and pimps, thugs and crooked cops rule the streets. Fresh from jail, the Negress arrives home and has to choose: turn away from the corrosive street life of Soulsville or accept his destiny as the unlikely hero of the community?"
The "musical with its own attitude" is created by Travis Kramer (book and lyrics), Tom Oster and Kevin Smith Kirkwood (music and concept), with choreography by Jennifer L. Mudge. It is produced and directed by Jake Hirzel.
Opening is Sept. 11. The Clurman is located at Theatre Row at 410 West 42nd Street. Dial 'N' for Negress features an original 16-song funk score with such titles as "Pimp Knowledge," "Break That Negress," "Dig It (Can You?)" and "Walk On (Ah'm a Negress Man)."
The production features scenic design by Nick Francone, costume design by Sidney Shannon, lighting design by Bill Sheehan, sound design by Carl Casella and props design by Justin Joseffy.
Tickets, priced $19.25 (includes a $1.25 facility fee), are available by calling TicketCentral.com at (212) 279-4200 or by visiting the Theatre Row Box Office, 410 West 42nd Street. Visit www.DialNForNegress.com for additional information.