Manhattan Theater Club’s Skeleton Crew delay Broadway start

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

Previews, originally scheduled for December 21, are now set to begin December 27 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater. Opening night has also been moved back a week and is now scheduled for January 19, 2022, instead of the original January 12 date.

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

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

Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, who recently had his own Broadway premiere of the solo show Lackawana Blues, directs the work. The creative team includes set designer Michael Carnahan (Lackawana Blues), costume designer Emilio Sosa (Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess), lighting designer Rui Rita (The velocity of fall) 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 effects by Chesney Snow. Casting is handled by Dave Caparelliotis and Kelly Gillespie, and Kamra A. Jacobs serves as production manager.

Morisseau is nominated by Tony for the book of Ain’t too proud, the bio-musical Temptations currently playing on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre.