New Musical Witness Uganda, With Griffin Matthews and Emma Hunton, Opens at A.R.T. Feb. 12

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12 Feb 2014

Emma Hunton
Emma Hunton

The American Repertory Theater world-premiere staging of the Richard Rodgers Award-winning musical Witness Uganda, featuring Griffin Matthews, Emma Hunton, Kristolyn Lloyd and Tyrone Davis, Jr., officially opens Feb. 12 after previews that began Feb. 4 in Cambridge, MA.

Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus (Pippin, Porgy and Bess, Hair), who is the artistic director of A.R.T., has been developing the musical for the past several years. Witness Uganda is based on the real experiences of its authors Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews. It runs through March 16 in Cambridge, MA.

Witness Uganda was recently named the recipient of the 2014 Richard Rodgers Production Award for Musical Theater.

In addition to Matthews, Hunton, Lloyd and Davis, the cast includes Michael Luwoye, Nicolette Robinson, Adeola Role, Jamar Williams, Melody Betts, Rodrick Covington, Kevin Curtis, LaTrisa Harper, Aisha Jackson and Jamard Richardson.

Here's how A.R.T. characterizes the musical: "When Griffin, a young man from New York City volunteers for a project in Uganda, he finds himself on a journey that will change his life forever. Inspired by a true story, this rousing new musical exposes the challenges confronted by American aid workers around the world and explores the question: 'Is changing the world possible?'"

The Witness Uganda creative team includes set designer Tom Pye, costume designer ESosa, lighting designer Maruti Evans, sound designer Jonathan Deans and video designer Peter Nigrini. Darrell Grand Moultrie is choreographer. Remy Kurs is musical director. 

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