Tamyra Gray (American Idol, If/Then), who first stepped into the role of Papa Ge in the Tony-winning revival of Once On This Island in January, returns to the role beginning August 20 at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre.
Gray again succeeds original cast member Merle Dandridge, who returned for a limited engagement and played her final performance August 19.
The immersive production of Once On This Island, which was re-imagined by Tony-nominated director Michael Arden, officially opened December 3, 2017, at Circle in the Square. The musical features a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, the Tony-winning writing team behind Ragtime and Anastasia.
The musical unfolds as a group of storytellers—caught in the midst of an unrelenting storm—recount the tale of Ti Moune, a Caribbean island country girl in love with an aristocrat who is sent on a transformative journey by the gods.
The score has been rebuilt through the use of multi-layered vocal orchestrations, along with instruments made out of found objects, including trash bins and flexible piping. The new charts are the work of Once On This Island’s original orchestrator, Tony Award winner Michael Starobin, and vocal arranger AnnMarie Milazzo.
The company includes Loren Lott as Ti Moune, Quentin Earl Darrington as Agwe, Darlesia Cearcy as Erzulie, Alex Newell as Asaka, Tony nominee Phillip Boykin as Tonton Julian, Kenita R. Miller as Mama Euralie, and Isaac Powell as Daniel.