New Ray Charles musical to play the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway
The production, which began life in 2007 as "Ray Charles Live! A New Musical" at the now-shuttered Pasadena Playhouse, will be directed by Playhouse artistic director Sheldon Epps. It features a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks and a score that includes many of Charles' hits.
Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, who starred in the Pasadena production and recently gained acclaim in off-Broadway's "The Scottsboro Boys," will play Charles. Others in the cast include Nikki Renee Daniels, Harrison White and Tasha Taylor.
"Unchain My Heart" uses the singer's last live recording session to tell his story through his music.
-- Karen Wada
Photo: Brandon Victor Dixon and Nikki Renee Daniels in the 2007 Pasadena Playhouse production of "Ray Charles Live! A New Musical." Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times