Once on This Island's Dixon Stars in New Musical Fairy Tale Magic Kingdom

News   Once on This Island's Dixon Stars in New Musical Fairy Tale Magic Kingdom
Jerry Dixon (Once on This Island, tick, tick...BOOM!) will star in a workshop of the 2003 Jonathan Larson Award-winning new musical, Magic Kingdom: Tale of an American Girl by Jake-ann Jones, Aug. 25-27.

The musical modern fairy tale, co-composed by Jake-ann Jones, Bruce Purse and "Prince Charles" Alexander, will be kick off the Hourglass Group's 2003 Next Stage Festival. The work is presented by Hourglass and New Georges.

Dixon starred in the original Broadway run of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Once on This Island as well as the recent benefit concert. Other credits include Five Guys Named Moe, Bright Lights Big City, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Newyorkers and the Off-Broadway staging of Jonathan Larson's tick, tick...BOOM! Dixon also provided music, lyrics and musical supervision for An Evening With Mario Cantone.

In Magic Kingdom, a young African-American woman goes in search of a mythical world where she gets all she wants. The work, formerly a play titled Death of a Ho, was musicalized by the playwright Jones and first developed with New Georges at The Culture Project's Women Center Stage festival last year.

Elyse Singer — who helmed the earlier workshop — directs this staging with a cast that also includes Jeanine T. Abraham, drag favorite Flotilla DeBarge, Jacqueline Gregg, Dan Illian and Melinda Wade.

The design team features Miranda Hardy (set and lighting), Laura Grace Brown (sound) and Angela Kahler (costumes). For tickets to Magic Kingdom at The Belt Theatre, 336 West 37 St. (between Eighth and Ninth Ave.), call (212) 439-8122. For more information, visit www.hourglassgroup.org or www.newgeorges.org.

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