By Andrew Gans
18 Nov 2004
Cleavant Derricks won a Tony Award for his work as James Thunder Early in the original cast of Dreamgirls. He also received a Tony nomination for his performance in Bob Fosse’s Big Deal. Ramona Keller was recently seen in Caroline, or Change and was also on Broadway in Smokey Joe's Cafe.
Directed and choreographed by Big River's Jeff Calhoun, Brooklyn began previews Sept. 23 and officially opened Oct. 21 at the Plymouth. Eden Espinosa, who portrays the title character Brooklyn, is featured in a company that also includes Kevin Anderson, Derricks, Keller and Karen Olivo with Manoel Felciano, Caren Lyn Manuel, Julie Reiber, Horace V. Rogers and Haneefah Wood.
John McDaniel provides music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations. Song titles include "Heart Behind These Hands," "Christmas Makes Me Cry," "Not a Sound," "Brooklyn Grew Up," "Creating Once Upon a Time," "Once Upon a Time," "Superlover," "Brooklyn in the Blood," "Magic Man," "Love Was a Song," "I Never Knew His Name," "The Truth," "Raven," "Sometimes," "Love Me Where I Live," "Love Fell Like Rain" and "Streetsinger."
Brooklyn, according to production notes, concerns a band of performers, who "tell a wondrous sidewalk fairy tale about a young girl searching for fame and the father she never knew. With just one clue to lead her, she lands in the city that bears her name, Brooklyn."
The Plymouth Theatre is located at 236 West 45th Street. Brooklyn plays Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesday-Saturday nights at 8 PM, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets are priced $25-$95.
For more information or a preview of Brooklyn's score, visit www.brooklynthemusical.com.