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Until February 24, 2019

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From the Writer of Moonlight

After making its US debut at Manhattan Theatre Club's Off-Broadway Stage II 2013, Choir Boy makes the move to the main stem. Written by Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney, the writer behind the transcendent Moonlight, this multi-layered drama weaves together themes of faith, discrimination and desire into a lyrical whole. The play is set in an African-American prep school for boys, where a heated debate about gospel music brings simmering sexual and religious tensions to the fore. Trip Cullman (Lobby Hero), who also helmed the Off-Broadway staging, returns to direct.

What is the Choir Boy About?

The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys is preparing for its 50th Anniversary. It's the kind of establishment that hews close to tradition, so when Pharus, a gay student who has been socially shunned by his peers, is selected to lead the school's choir, it causes a stir. Once Pharus' detractors embark on a hate campaign against him, the headmaster brings in renowned historian Mr. Pendleton to dampen the tension.

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Previews from: 12 December 2018

Opening night: 8 January 2019


Suitable for ages 13 and older due to adult themes

Run time

One hour, 35 minutes, with no intermission

And before you stop reading

Image taken from the 2013 Stage II production

Cast and Creative


Chuck Cooper
Austin Pendleton
Jeremy Pope
Nicholas L. Ashe
Daniel Bellomy
Jonathan Burke
Gerald Ceasar
John Clay III
Caleb Eberhardt
Marcus Gladney
J. Quinton Jonhson


Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Trip Cullman

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Elise Lammers: “Choir Boy”

I was at the edge of my seat, feeling everything the characters were... more

Rachel P.: “Awe inspiring, poignant, riveting, yet oh so funny!”

As far as I’m concerned this is a masterpiece! I turned around during... more

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