Once On This Island Benefit, Starring Kenita R. Miller, Held Jan. 20; Tony Winner Nikki M. James Hosts

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and Andrew Gans
20 Jan 2014

Kenita R. Miller
Kenita R. Miller

Friends in Theater Company presents the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical Once on this Island, benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York, Jan. 20 at the Lucille Lortel Theater. Tony Award-winning actress Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon, Les Misérables) hosts.

The 7:30 PM performance is directed and choreographed by Curtis Holbrook, who will be seen in the upcoming Broadway musical If/Then

Once on This Island features Erica Simone Barnett (Matilda) as Little Timoune, Aisha De Haas (Caroline, or Change) as Mama Euralie, Marisa Kennedy (Matilda) as Andrea, Tamika Lawerence as Erzulie, John Eric Parker (The Book of Mormon) as Tonton Julian, Stephanie Umoh (Ragtime) as Asaka, Kenita R. Miller (Xanadu, The Color Purple) as Timoune, Joe Aaron Reid (If/Then, Ghost) as Daniel, Michael James Scott (Aladdin) as Agwe and Andre Ward (Rock of Ages) as Papa Ge with Jonathan Burke and Renee Veronica Freeman. The musical director is Jonathan Rose.

The Caribbean-inspired, Tony Award-nominated musical by Aherns (book and lyrics) and Flaherty (music) — which opened on Broadway in 1990 — tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love with the well-born Daniel and is aided by the gods of earth, water and love in her quest to be with him.

All proceeds benefit the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization that has given hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions since 1980.

Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased through friendsintheater.com or by calling (212) 352-3101.

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