Quentin Earl Darrington, who played Coalhouse Walker Jr. in the recent Tony-nominated revival of Ragtime, will play Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the new musical I Dream, which will play Atlanta's Alliance Stage at the Woodruff Arts Center beginning July 6 with an official opening scheduled for July 9.
Directed by Jasmine Guy, the rhythm-and-blues opera will run through July 31. The cast will also boast Demetria McKinney as Coretta and Bob Carlisle.
I Dream features book, music and lyrics by Douglas Tappin, with additional music and lyrics by Cedric Perrier.
In a statement director Guy said, "I feel honored to be directing such a landmark production. With a glorious score set to such a moving American story, this is an exciting and emotional experience. And the fact that we are premiering in my hometown, where so much of the story originated, is both momentous and fitting."
A production notes states, "Although the piece is largely based on real events in Dr. King's life, it does not purport to be an authorized biographical representation of those events. Where necessary or desirable, the creative imperatives of a stage show have therefore taken marginal precedence over historical precision."
For ticket information visit www.woodruffcentertickets.org or call (404) 733-5000. Go to www.iDreamInAtlanta.com for more information.