The gospel drama Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney opened last night at the Manhattan Theatre Club. After recently finishing August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, Chuck Cooper stars in this play that is set at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, “dedicated to the creation of strong, ethical black men”, and tells the story of Pharus, played by Jeremy Pope.
Pharus wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the school’s legendary gospel choir. Can he find his way inside the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?
This show has been on the tips of tongues as of lately. With its stirring drama and gospel music, it’s sure to be one to see. Want to know more about the story watch the video below as the cast describes the piece. Also see what star of the show has to say about the piece and how people have been responding.
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Tarell Alvin McCraney is author of The Brother/Sister Trilogy: The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water, & Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet. His other works include Wig Out! set in New York’s drag clubs and The Breach which deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He was the first recipient of The New York Times‘ Outstanding Playwright Award, the 2009 Steinberg Playwrights Award, and the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award.