Tony Award winners Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) and Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton), as well as Nicolette Robinson (Waitress) and Abigail Spencer (Timeless) have signed on as producers of the documentary musical Witness Uganda, which is currently playing its West Coast premiere at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
The biographical pop musical by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, inspired by Matthews’ service trips to Uganda and his unlikely companionship and mentorship with a group of orphaned teenagers, previously played Off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theater (under the name Invisible Thread) and the American Repertory Theater. The show has subsequently incorporated new numbers and material.
Performances were recently extended through March 3. Matthews directs the production, with Gould serving as music director.
Featured in the cast are Ledisi (Let Love Rule) as the Rain Lady, Amber Iman (Hamilton) as Joy, Jamar Williams (Wild Goose Dreams) as Griffin, Jai’Len Josey (SpongeBob SquarePants) as the Female Vocalist, Emma Hunton (Wicked) as Ryan, Kameron Richardson (Aladdin) as Jacob, Naarai Jacobs as Grace, Sha’leah Nikole as Eden, Dexter Darden (Joyful Noise) as Ibrahim, and Jordan Barrow (The Tempest) as Ronny, with Antwone Barnes, Keenan D. Washington, and Thurzday in the ensemble.
Witness Uganda features choreography by Abdur-Rahim Jackson, music supervision by Remy Kurs, sets by Connor MacPhee, lighting by David Hernandez, costumes by Carlton Jones, and sound design by Martin Carrillo.
For tickets, visit WitnessUganda.com.