Jonathan Burke Steps Into the Lead in Choir Boy on Broadway

Broadway News   Jonathan Burke Steps Into the Lead in Choir Boy on Broadway
 
The ensemble member and understudy takes over the role of Pharus February 26 in the extended run of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s acclaimed play.
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Ensemble member and understudy Jonathan Burke takes over the leading role of Pharus Jonathan Young in Choir Boy on Broadway February 26. Burke takes over from the show's original star, Jeremy Pope, who departed as scheduled February 24 to join the cast of Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations on Broadway (previews begin February 28).

The extended, acclaimed Broadway premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy continues through March 10 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Directed by Trip Cullman with choreography by Camille A. Brown, the cast of the Manhattan Theatre Club production is rounded out by Nicholas L. Ashe, John Clay III, Chuck Cooper, Caleb Eberhardt, J. Quinton Johnson, Austin Pendleton, Daniel Bellomy, Gerald Caesar, and Marcus Gladney.

Read: WITH BROADWAY’S CHOIR BOY, MOONLIGHT WRITER TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEY MAKES NECESSARY THEATRE

Filled with music and heart, Choir Boy follows the hopes and dreams of the young singers at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys—an institution dedicated to the education of strong, ethical Black men. The show began performances December 12, 2018, and opened to critical acclaim January 8; read reviews for the Broadway production here.

Rounding out the creative team are Jason Michael Webb (music direction, arrangements, and original music), David Zinn (scenic and costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Fitz Patton (original music and sound design), Cookie Jordan (hair & make-up design), and Thomas Schall (fight director).

Flip through photos of Choir Boy on Broadway below.

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