Casting Now Complete for Once on This Island Benefit; Curtis Holbrook Directs

By Andrew Gans
December 23, 2013

Friends in Theater Company will present a one-night-only performance of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens' Once on This Island Jan. 20, 2014, at the Lucille Lortel Theater to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York.

The 7:30 PM performance will be directed and choreographed by Curtis Holbrook.

Newly announced for the evening are Erica Simone Barnett as Little Timoune, Aisha De Haas as Mama Euralie, Marisa Kennedy as Andrea, Tamika Lawerence as Erzulie, Gerry Mcintyre as Tonton Julian and Stephanie Umoh as Asaka, who join the previously reported Kenita R. Miller as Timoune, Joe Aaron Reid as Daniel, Michael James Scott as Agwe and Andre Ward as Papa Ge with Jonathan Burke, Renee Veronica Freeman and Thaddeus McCants. The musical director is Jonathan Rose.

All proceeds will 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 or by calling (212) 352-3101.


Friends in Theater Company "endeavors to promote the talent and skills of artists while encouraging them to participate philanthropically."