Braxton will star as Mama Tyler alongside Grammy-nominated singer and actress Frenchie Davis (Rent) as JJ, Tony Award nominee Vivian Reed as Aunt Susan, Milton Craig Nealy (Motown, Dreamgirls) as Coach Tyler, Ann McCormack as Candance, Gregory Williams as Raymond Tyler Jr., Brianna Horne as Sela and Terry Lavell (La Cage Aux Folles) as Kyle.
The limited run will feature six performances of this new musical, with a score by Motown legends Ashford & Simpson, for the general public and industry audiences June 25-30.
In a statement, director Proteus Spann said, "It is a tremendous honor to work with some of the most talented group of actors this industry has to offer having gone through an extremely delicate and grueling audition process where casting the most appropriate and qualified actors to breathe life into these unforgettable characters the public has come to know and love through E. Lynn's novels was highly critical."
According to press notes, "Invisible Life The Musical is based on the New York Times best-selling novel by American author E. Lynn Harris published in 1994. The plot follows an African American man's journey of sexual discovery, in which he realizes he is bisexual. The book coined the phrase 'on the down low' and has touched readers through the beautifully written narrative and characters that evoke humanity, common sense, and truth."
The project is still looking to cast its leading lady, Broadway Diva Nicole, and the "beloved sex siren" Basil. Actors are encouraged to send photo, resume and link to reel to firstname.lastname@example.org. The casting director is Wojcik/Seay Casting.