Tony nominee Brenda Braxton, whose Broadway credits include Chicago and Smokey Joe’s Café, is set to star in the new musical The Joint. The soulful, jazzy show is debuting at Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival.
The Joint is a musical by Curtis Jones from a concept by Denise Gray; it features music by Timothy Graphenreed (The Wiz) and direction and choreography by Kenneth L. Roberson (Avenue Q).
The story follows Corrida, who returns to live with her father in Virginia following a failed career stint and a bad relationship in New York. She dreams of becoming a singer and is offered a gig at the local music club, The Joint. There, she continues to be torn by loyalty to her father and a life of stardom.
Performances will run September 8-11 at the Johnson Theatre at Theatre for a New City, located at 155 First Ave, New York. The cast also features Sheila K. Davis, Erick Pinnick, Albert Christmas Johnson, Crystal Joy, Shani Worrell, Richard E. Waits, Lee Summers, Khiry Walker, Devin Roberts, Hollie Wright, Miquel Edson Banket and LaTrisa A. Harper.
The seventh annual Dream Up festival kicked off August 28 and runs through September 18. The line-up includes 19 new plays, musicals, dance pieces, solo and interdisciplinary works.
The festival is helmed by TNC literary manager Michael Scott-Price. For the full line-up of shows and to purchase tickets, visit dreamupfestival.org/index.html.