Manhattan Theatre Club has extended—for the second time—its limited Broadway engagement of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The music-filled play from the Oscar-winning Moonlight writer opened to critical acclaim January 8 and will now continue an additional two weeks through March 10.
As previously reported, the show's star, Jeremy Pope, will depart Choir Boy as scheduled February 24 to join the cast of Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations on Broadway (previews begin February 28). Ensemble member and understudy Jonathan Burke will take over the leading role of Pharus Jonathan Young for the remaining two weeks of the run.
Choir Boy is directed by Trip Cullman with choreography by Camille A. Brown. The story follows the hopes and dreams of the young singers at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, with a cast made up of Nicholas L. Ashe as Junior Blake, John Clay III as Anthony Justin “AJ” James, Chuck Cooper as Headmaster Marrow, Caleb Eberhardt as David Heard, J. Quinton Johnson as Bobby Marrow, Austin Pendleton as Mr. Pendleton, and Pope as Pharus. The ensemble of Choir Boy is made up of Daniel Bellomy, Burke, Gerald Caesar, and Marcus Gladney.
The production's creative team includes Jason Michael Webb (music direction, arrangements, and original music), David Zinn (scenic and costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Fitz Patton (original music and sound design), Cookie Jordan (hair & make-up design), and Thomas Schall (fight director).
Flip through photos of opening night below.