Lost in the Stars has music by Kurt Weill and book and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson. Based on Alan Paton's novel "Cry, the Beloved Country," the show, according to Encores! notes, provides an "uncompromising social indictment of apartheid South Africa through the story of two aging men, one black, one white, brought together by a shared grief. The score, one of Weill's most polystylistic, contains operatic arias, chorales, blues, folk music and pop tunes, and makes abundant use of the chorus (representing the blacks and whites of Johannesburg) to comment upon the action and propel the story forward."
Here's a look at the production:
Chuck Cooper, Daniel Breaker, Patina Miller and More in Encores! Lost in the Stars
The cast, in addition to Cooper, Miller and Breaker, is led by Sharon Washington, Sherry Boone, Kieran Campion, Daniel Gerroll, Stephen Kunken, John Douglas Thompson, Ted Sutherland, Jeremy Gumbs, Clifton Duncan, Chike Johnson, James Rebhorn and Quentin Earl Darrington. The ensemble comprises Adam Alexander, Andre Garner, Rosena Hill, Mary Illes, Amy Justman, Joy Lynn Matthews, Andre McRae, Patricia Phillips, Devin Richards, Lindsay Roberts, Nathaniel Stampley, Eric Van Hoven, Kevin Vortmann, J.D. Webster and Jorell Williams.
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