Tearing Down The Walls, a new musical featuring direction, book and lyrics by Obie Award winner Daniel Beaty (Through the Night) and music by Beaty and Oscar and Grammy-nominated songwriting team Jamal Joseph and Charles Mack (August Rush), opened May 12 at the Riverside Theatre in Manhattan.
"Infused with soulful music, impassioned spoken word and laugh-out-loud humor," Tearing Down The Walls, press notes state, "tells the story of the residents of a tight-knit Harlem community upended and pushed to the limit by life's challenges, but who find hope in the most unusual places."
Here is the cast and creators on opening night:
Daniel Beaty's Tearing Down The Walls Opens Off-Broadway
Presented by The Riverside Theatre, Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group, and Walk Tall Girl Productions, the musical will officially open May 12 at the venue that previously housed Beaty's solo show, Through the Night.
The cast features Dietrice Bolden, Umi Shakti, Adrienne C. Moore, Rumando Kelley, Jevon McFerrin and Kelechi Ezie.
The creative team includes Dell Howlett (choreography), Bryan Collier (scenic and projections design), Catherine Fisher (costume design) and Andrew Merkel ( lighting design).
Tickets are available via theriversidetheatre.org or at (212) 870-6784. All preview tickets are $15, and all regular performance tickets are $25.
The Riverside Theatre is located at 91 Claremont Avenue.