By Mark Shenton
19 Feb 2014
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Bonds. Jr has appeared in The Color Purple (U.S. national tour), Disney's The Lion King (U.S. national tour) and the original Broadway production of Parade, for which he was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.
Boykin will reprise the role of Crown in Porgy and Bess, in which he made his Broadway debut and for which he received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations in the 2012 production. Regional U.S. credits include Show Boat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Ain't Misbehavin'.
Hughes revisits the role of Bess for which she was previously Olivier-nominated for in a 2006 West End production directed by Trevor Nunn. She was last seen on the London stage in The El Train at Hoxton Hall. Other theatre credits include The Color Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory), Fosse (Prince of Wales Theatre) and Velma Kelly in Chicago (Adelphi Theatre).
The production will be directed by Timothy Sheader, with a book adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks and a musical score adapted by Diedre L. Murray. The set and costume will be designed by Katrina Lindsay; choreography will be by Liam Steel.
To book tickets, and for further details, visit www.openairtheatre.com.