Grammy Award-winning Destiny’s Child singer Michelle T. Williams returns to Broadway November 30 in the Tony-winning revival of Once On This Island at Circle in the Square Theatre.
Williams steps into the role of Erzulie, succeeding Darlesia Cearcy through the end of the musical’s run, which was recently announced for January 6, 2019.
“I am totally overjoyed to return to Broadway and excited to join the cast of Once On This Island,” said Williams in an earlier statement. “Taking on the role of Erzulie, the Goddess of Love, speaks to my heart. The musical is such a moving, inclusive, spiritual journey that is needed in these times. It feels just right to represent love.”
Williams made her Broadway debut in the title role of Aida. She went on to appear in the tour of The Color Purple, where she portrayed blues singer Shug Avery, starred as Roxie Hart in the Broadway and West End productions of Chicago, the play What My Husband Doesn’t Know, a national tour of the musical Fela! in 2013, and a 2016 production of Aida at The Muny.
Once On This Island is the winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The production opened December 3, 2017, at Circle in the Square, where it began previews November 9.
The staging is directed by Tony nominee Michael Arden and choreographed by Tony nominee Camille A. Brown.
The musical is written by Tony winners Lynn Ahrens (book and lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (music) and is based on the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy. The Broadway revival features new orchestrations by original orchestrator, Tony winner Michael Starobin, who is joined by Tony nominee AnnMarie Milazzo.
(Updated November 30, 2018)