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The Harder They Come

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February 17 - March 26, 2023

A brand new musical adaption of the breakthrough 1972 movie

Why See The Harder They Come?

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Brand new musical

A much-anticipated premiere from the Public's Writer-In-Residence Suzan Lori Parks, The Harder They Come is based on Perry Henzell and Trevor D. Rhone's seminal 1972 film of the same name and follows the trials of a young man trying to make it as a singer in Kingston, Jamaica during a highly turbulent time in the country's history. 

Set to a soundtrack by Jimmy Cliff (who starred in the movie), this brand-new musical adaptation tells Ivan's story through Cliff's cherished songs like 'You Can Get It if You Really Want', 'Many Rivers to Cross' and more, painting a vibrant picture of the time and the challenges of following your dreams in the face of corruption and exploitation. Direction comes from Tony Tacconi and Sergio Trujillo, with choreography by Edgar Godineaux.

What is the story?

The Harder They Come tells the story of Ivan who leaves his home in the Jamaican countryside and travels to Kingston with dreams of becoming a reggae star. But even though the young musician is bursting with talent and songs, making it big in the music scene is not easy, especially when dealing with shady record producers and corrupt cops. Gradually Ivan is driven into the dangerous, other side of the law.

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Dates

Opening night: 17 February 2023

Run time

One hour 50 with intermission

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You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.

Cast and Creative

Cast

Rolan Bell

Jacqui Dubois

Derek Elroy

Victor Romero Evans

Joann Francis

Matthew J Henry

Marlon King

Susan Lawson-Reynolds

Joy Mack

Marcus Powell

Joe Speare

Chris Tummings

Creative

Sound Design: Stefan Lumsden

Choreography: Jackie Guy

Design: Ultz

Author: Perry Henzell

Direction: Kerry Michael and Dawn Reid

Producer: Jan Ryan and Robert Fox

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