Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess, The Phantom of the Opera) and Tamyra Gray (American Idol, If/Then) join the cast of the Broadway revival of Once on This Island January 8 at Circle in the Square.
Lewis and Gray step into the roles of island gods Agwe and Papa Ge, respectively, succeeding original cast members Quentin Earl Darrington and Merle Dandridge. Dandridge departed the production for a contractual leave to shoot her television series Greenleaf. Darrington also exited on a contractual leave.
Directed by Tony nominee Michael Arden (Deaf West’s Spring Awakening), Once on This Island officially opened to raves from critics December 3, 2017, at Circle in the Square. The musical features book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, the Tony-winning writing team behind Ragtime and Anastasia.
Once On This Island unfolds as a group of storytellers—caught in the midst of an unrelenting storm—recount the tale of Ti Moune, a Caribbean island country girl in love with an aristocrat who is sent on a transformative journey by the gods.
A new Broadway cast album will be released February 23.
Once on This Island stars newcomer Hailey Kilgore as Ti Moune, with Miss Saigon Tony Award winner Lea Salonga (Erzulie), Glee groundbreaker Alex Newell (Asaka), Tony nominee Phillip Boykin (Tonton Julian), Kenita R. Miller (Mama Euralie), Isaac Powell (Daniel), Alysha Deslorieux (Andrea), and David Jennings (Armand).