On the Town's Phillip Boykin Will Lead Cast in New "Uncle Tom's Cabin"-Inspired Musical

News   On the Town's Phillip Boykin Will Lead Cast in New "Uncle Tom's Cabin"-Inspired Musical
 
The York Theatre Company continues its acclaimed Development Lab Series with the presentation of a new musical inspired by the seminal anti-slavery novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Lord Tom features a book by Kimberly Vaughn and Stanley Jay Gelber, and music & lyrics by Gelber. The Broadway cast will be lead by Tony nominee Phillip Boykin (On the Town, Porgy and Bess).

There will be five performances only, from April 13 through April 17. Directed by Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia and with choreography by Shannon Lewis and music direction Joshua Stephen Kartes, the cast will also feature Jelani Alladin, Nat Chandler, Carrie Compere, Maria Couch, Glory Crampton, Alan H. Green, Leah Hocking, Kevin Leak, Jr., Caitlyn McLaughlin, Kenita Miller, Amma Osei, Jim Poulos, Isaiah Register, Elizabeth Teeter, Gordon Weiss and Michael Winther.

Stowe's novel outsold the Bible when first published and is heralded as a great American work of literature. The story follows the journeys of two slaves Eliza and Tom, one travelling in the shadows, the other in shackles. According to press notes, the contemporary musical "continues herald the call for universal justice, global freedom, and unity of spirit in a colorblind world...with a compelling script and score of twenty-six original songs ranging in musical styles from spiritual, blues, gospel, jazz, ragtime, to contemporary ballad, anthem, lullaby, and upbeat comedic swing. Lord Tom takes the audience on a journey in which faith and freedom prevail in this 21st century trajectory of the legendary novel."

Performances of Lord Tom will take place at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s, located at 619 Lexington Ave. Reservations can be made by visiting yorktheatre.org.

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