Tina Landau (Bells Are Ringing, Floyd Collins) directs the Off-Broadway work slated to open Sept. 18 at the downtown Manhattan stage. The first performance is sold out.
The cast also includes Kerry Butler (Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray), Cheryl Freeman (The Who's Tommy), Jay Goede ( A Year With Frog and Toad), Anika Larsen (All Shook Up), Nicole Leach (Fame), Darrell Moultrie (Aida), Karen Olivo (Brooklyn), Devin Richards (Wonderful Town), Gregory Treco (Taboo) and William Youmans (Doctor Dillamond in Wicked).
Vineyard's first Kitty Carlisle Hart Musical Theatre Lab commission, Miracle Brothers, by the composer-lyricist-librettist of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, is set in 17th century Brazil, where two brothers — one black, one white — escape their plantation life and head out on a string of adventures. The score and choreography is "Brazilian inspired" — the show will feature "authentic Brazilian instrumentation" and capoiera, "the traditional, uniquely Brazilian fusion of dance and self-defense."
Landau — last seen at the Vineyard when she directed Dream True — is joined in the creative team by choreographer Mark Dendy (The Wild Party, Taboo) with capoiera instruction by Jelon Vieira. Orchestrations are by Daryl Waters (Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk) with musical direction by Fred Carl (The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin).
The design team for Miracle Brothers features G.W. Mercier (scenic), Anita Yavich (costumes), Scott Zielinksi (lighting), Brett Jarvis (sound) and Jan Hartley (projection).
Tickets to Miracle Brothers at the Vineyard Theatre, 108 East 15 St. can be reserved by calling (212) 353-0303 or online at www.vineyardtheatre.org.