Choir Boy Tickets
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Choir Boy Tickets

Choir Boy Tickets
Choir Boy Tickets

About Choir Boy

Manhattan Theatre Club continues its 2018-2019 season with the Broadway premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy, directed by Drama Desk Award nominee Trip Cullman, which was originally staged off-Broadway in a sold-out, twice-extended, critically acclaimed run at MTC's The Studio at Stage II at New York City Center in the summer of 2013.

Choir Boy marks the Broadway debut for playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, who is perhaps best known for his 2017 Oscar-winning screenplay for the film "Moonlight". Similar to that emotionally charged movie, Choir Boy also follows a gay, African American and his trials and tribulations in finding his place in the world. However, Choir Boy offers a very different setting - the prestigious Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys. Rising Broadway star Jeremy Pope takes on the central role of Pharus, a gifted pupil who rightfully takes his place as the leader of the school's legendary choir. Pharus also happens to be homosexual and of an unapologetic, slightly effeminate manner and McCraney delicately portrays the varied reactions of Pharus' peers and teachers with modern sensibility. From rebuked to tolerated to fully embraced, there is a deep richness to the relationships depicted on stage that both confirm and challenge society's prejudices.

But this is also a play about talent and achievement and Manhattan Theatre Club has assembled a wildly talented group of young, African American actors who breathe life into McCraney's script with remarkable onstage chemistry... and then there's the a cappella singing! The gospel-infused numbers performed by Jeremy Pope and the rest of the cast are nothing shorter than extraordinary, uplifting and exhilarating. With familiar fraternity dance steps and harmonies to die for, these young men blow the roof off the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre at every performance.

Choir Boy is a touching, modern play with the added generous bonus of songs that could well be described as the dark horse of the season. Friendship, faith, fate, family and fraternity all factor in this promising work from a shooting star playwright.  

(Photos by Matthew Murphy)

Run time

1 hour, 45 minutes, with no intermission

Start date

December 12th, 2018

End date

March 10th, 2019


Choir Boy cast and creative team

By: Tarell Alvin McCraney
Director: Trip Cullman
Producer: Manhattan Theatre Club
Cast list: Jonathan Burke (as Pharus Jonathan Young), Chuck Cooper (as Headmaster Marrow), Austin Pendleton (as Mr. Pendleton), Nicholas L. Ashe (as Junior Blake), John Clay III (as Anthony Justin “AJ” James), Caleb Eberhardt (as David Heard), and J. Quinton Johnson (as Bobby Marrow), with Daniel Bellomy, Gerald Caesar, Marcus Gladney, and Ryan Jamaal Swain
Design: David Zinn
Lighting: Peter Kaczorowski
Costume: David Zinn
Sound: Fitz Patton
Other info: Music Direction & Vocal Arrangements by Jason Michael Webb, Make-up
Design: by Cookie Jordan, Fight Direction by Thomas Schall, and Movement by Camille A. Brown


261 West 47th Street, New York, NY, United States, 10036


Elevator access, wheelchair access, assisted listening devices, on-demand closed captioning, open captioning, audio description, Braille and large print Playbills

More information about Choir Boy

For half a century, the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?


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