UPDATE: The full Black No More cast has now been announced, with Sykes and his fellow previously announced cast members being joined by Leanne Antonio, Rhaamell Burke-Missouri, Elijah A. Carter, Ryan Fitzgerald, Polanco Jones Jr., Zachary Daniel Jones, Sarah Meahl, Mary Page Nance, Oneika Phillips, Nicholas Ranauro, Malaiyka Reid, Mars Rucker, Angela M. Sauers, Katie Thompson, Akron Watson, Nyla Watson and Edward Watts.Tony Award nominee Ephraim Sykes has joined the cast of the new musical Black...
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The musical adaptation of Black No More, the Harlem Renaissance-era satire novel, revives author George S. Schuyler’s searing examination of American race relations. Get Black No More tickets on TodayTix now.
The Black No More musical, like the book, centers on a young Black man named Max Disher living in 1930s Harlem. After being rejected by a white woman at a speakeasy because of his race, he hears of a machine invented by Dr. Junius Crookman to turn Black people white and is eager to try it. Crookman claims that his machine will, more broadly, “solve the American race problem.” Soon, as a white man named Matthew Fisher, he is more romantically successful, and he even infiltrates a white supremacist organization. But as more Black people turn white and there are less targets for people’s racist attitudes, a horrific, bitter campaign ensues to find and root out anyone with supposed Black ancestry, no matter their outward skin tone.
Black No More features a book by John Ridley and music and lyrics by Tariq Trotter (who also stars as Dr. Junius Crookman). Scott Elliott directs alongside music director Daryl Waters, and iconic dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones choreographs.
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What to Watch For
- George S. Schuyler’s book caricatures multiple Black historical figures of the 1920s, including W. E. B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, James Weldon Johnson, and C. J. Walker. Keep an eye out for these figures in the musical!
- Black No More is considered one of the first works of Afrofuturism, a term coined by Mark Dery 60 years after Schuyler published his book. Afrofuturism broadly refers to literary and academic works that explore what black futures can look like when African culture intersects with technological advances. Works in this genre are often science fiction.
- Black No More shares some themes with Jeremy O. Harris’s Slave Play, playing a return engagement on Broadway in 2021. Some of the characters in Black No More use the machine to aid in their love life, exploring how race factors into romantic and sexual attraction. Slave Play shows three interracial couples who are no longer attracted to each other, similarly exploring race-related power dynamics in relationships.
- Tariq Trotter wrote the music and lyrics for Black No More, but you may know him better as Black Thought. He’s the Grammy-winning co-founder and lead MC of The Roots, the house band of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
- Sound familiar? TV and film buffs may recognize Black No More bookwriter John Ridley as the screenwriter for 12 Years a Slave, for which he won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and as the creator and showrunner of ABC’s Emmy-nominated anthology series American Crime. In August 2021, he began writing a new Marvel comic book series about the superhero Black Panther, whose corresponding 2018 film is a recent example of Afrofuturism in mainstream media.
Black No More, a new musical inspired by George S. Schuyler’s Afrofuturist novel set during the Harlem Renaissance, is the story of Max Disher (Brandon Victor Dixon) who’s eager to try the mysterious machine invented by Dr. Junius Crookman (Tariq Trotter) that guarantees to “solve the American race problem” —by turning Black people white. Through a fusion of music by two-time Grammy Award winner Tariq Trotter (Black Thought, The Roots), and choreography by two-time Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones (Spring Awakening and Fela!), with book by Academy Award winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), and directed by The New Group’s founding Artistic Director Scott Elliott, Black No More is one Black man’s journey colliding with truths of race and identity.
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January 18th, 2022
February 27th, 2022
January 11th, 2022
Pershing Square Signature Center
Cast and creative
By: John Ridley
Songs by: Tariq Trotter
Director: Scott Elliott
Producer: The New Group
Cast list: Walter Bobbie, Jennifer Damiano, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tamika Lawrence, Tracy Shayne, Theo Stockman, Tariq Trotter
Design: Derek McLane
Lighting: John Croiter
Costume: Qween Jean
Choreography: Bill T. Jones
Sound: Nevin Steinberg
Other info: Music supervision, orchestrations, and vocal arrangements by Daryl Waters
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UPDATE: Tony Award winner Lillias White has joined the cast of Black No More. She is currently playing Matron "Mama" Morton in Chicago on Broadway.A new musical adaptation of Black No More, based on Afrofuturist author George S. Schuyler's 1931 satirical novel of the same name, will have its world premiere in 2022 at the Pershing Square Signature Center courtesy of The New Group. Performances begin January 11 ahead of a February 8 opening night, and the show will play a limited engagement...
The New Group will present a world premiere musical to kick off its 2020-2021 Off-Broadway season at Pershing Square Signature Center in October 2020.Based on George S. Schuyler's 1931 satirical Harlem Renaissance-era novel, Black No More is a modern musical adaptation which features a book by Academy Award winner John Ridley and music & lyrics by Tarik Trotter.Synopsis: "It's June 1928 in New York City, and Howard University graduate Dr. Junius Crookman promotes a mysterious machine that...