Manhattan Theater Club skeleton team delay Broadway debut

Due to positive cases of COVID-19 in the company, the Manhattan Theater Club production of Dominique Morisseau Skeleton crew delayed its Broadway premiere.

Premieres, originally scheduled for December 21, are now slated to begin December 27 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater. The opening night has also been shifted by one week and is now scheduled for January 19, 2022, instead of the original January 12 date.

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These dates, as is the case on Broadway as many shows face similar challenges, are subject to change as routine testing continues.

The play, the third of Morisseau’s Detroit Cycle, tells the story of a tight-knit family of workers in a small auto factory facing a foreclosure. It will feature Tony winner Phylicia Rashad (Jewel of the ocean, a rasin in the sun), Brandon J. Dirden (Jitney), Chanté Adams in his Broadway debut, Joshua Boone (Network), and dancer-choreographer Adesola Osakalumi (Fela!).

Tony Ruben winner Santiago-Hudson, who recently had his own Broadway premiere of the solo show Blues Lackawana, directs the work. The creative team includes set designer Michael Carnahan (Lackawana Blues), costume designer Emilio Sosa (Porgy and Bess des Gershwin), lighting designer Rui Rita (The velocity of autumn) and projection designer Nicholas Hussong (On your feet!). Original music and sound design by Rob Kaplowitz, with original songs by Jimmy ‘J Keys’ Keys and vocal sound work by Chesney Snow. The casting is provided by Dave Caparelliotis and Kelly Gillespie, and Kamra A. Jacobs is the production manager.

Morisseau is nominated for Tony for the book of Is not too proud, the bio-musical Temptations currently airing on Broadway at the Imperial Theater.