PHOTO CALL: New Ahrens-Flaherty Musical Dessa Rose Premieres at Lincoln Center

News   PHOTO CALL: New Ahrens-Flaherty Musical Dessa Rose Premieres at Lincoln Center
 
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the musical writing duo responsible for the hits Once On This Island and Ragtime, saw their new work Dessa Rose receive its premiere at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on March 21.
From Top: Michael Hayden and Norm Lewis
From Top: Michael Hayden and Norm Lewis

In this serious-mined work original Island star La Chanze plays the title character - a pregnant slave in the antebellum Deep South - who meets a white woman who hides runaway slaves on her farm while she's on death row for leading a deadly slave uprising.

At left, cast members Michael Hayden (Henry IV) and Norm Lewis are seen above co-star Rachel York, Flaherty, Ahrens and LaChanze at the opening night party for Dessa Rose, held at O'Neal's Restaurant on West 64th Street in New York City.

Dessa Rose is playing at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center and is scheduled to end its run on May 29.

Photos by Aubrey Reuben

From Left: Rachel York, Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens and LaChanze
From Left: Rachel York, Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens and LaChanze
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