Fans who purchased Stick Fly tickets the morning of Nov. 16 had the opportunity to stand in line and meet Keys and the cast, who were on hand between 12-1 PM.
Stick Fly stars Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago Hudson (Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean, Jelly's Last Jam, Lackawanna Blues), Emmy Award nominee Dulé Hill ("Psych," "The West Wing"), Mekhi Phifer ("ER," "8 Mile"), Tracie Thoms (Rent, The Exonerated "The Devil Wears Prada"), Condola Rashad (Ruined, "The Good Wife") and Rosie Benton (Temporal Powers).
Tony-nominated director Kenny Leon (The Mountaintop, Fences, A Raisin in the Sun) directs Stick Fly, which will begin previews Nov. 18 at the Cort Theatre towards a Dec. 8 Broadway opening. The play centers on a weekend gathering at the home of an affluent African-American family on Martha's Vineyard. Keys is also penning the original score.
According to producers, "It was supposed to be a relaxing weekend at the family home on Martha’s Vineyard… until the baggage got unpacked. Set at the elegant summer home of the well-to-do LeVay family, Stick Fly begins when two adult sons bring their significant others (one a fiancée, the other a new girlfriend) home to meet their parents for the first time. Soon, secrets are revealed, civilities are dropped and identities are explored in a harsh new light. Race and rivalry, class and family, all come together for an explosive comedy of manners about today’s complex world." The creative team includes David Gallo (scenic design), Reggie Ray (costume design), Beverly Emmons (lighting design) and Richard Fitzgerald/Sound Associates (sound design).
The Broadway production is produced by Nelle Nugent, Alicia Keys, Samuel Nappi, Reuben Cannon, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia Klausner, Huntington Theatre Company, Dan Frishwasser, Sarahbeth Grossman, Charles Salameno in association with Joseph Sirola and Eric Falkenstein.
Stick Fly premiered at Congo Square Theatre Company in Chicago in 2006. In 2008 it was performed at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Stick Fly is the recipient of the 2006 Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best New Play. Leon also directed the 2010 regional engagements at Arena Stage and the Huntington Theatre Company.
Diamond's works also include Voyeurs de Venus, The Bluest Eye, The Gift Horse, Stage Black and Harriet Jacobs. She is a faculty member of Boston University and has had her works produced at Arena Stage, The New Victory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, McCarter Theatre, Playmakers Rep, Chicago Dramatists, Congo Square, MPAACT, True Colors Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works and Company One.
Tickets are now on sale at StickFlyBroadway.com.