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Groove to the sound of Jamaica at this reggae musical based on the same-named film.
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About The Harder They Come

Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks adapts the 1972 Jamaican film The Harder They Come into a thrilling new musical. Get The Harder They Come tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

The Harder They Come musical centers on Ivan, an aspiring music star looking to break into the Jamaican scene. Shortly after arriving in Kingston, he gets a record deal and a new romance, but things don't stay perfect for long. He quickly sees the dark underside of the industry and how it's rigged, and his discoveries threaten his life and even Jamaican society.

The stage musical features the Grammy Award-winning songs of Jimmy Cliff, who starred as Ivan in The Harder They Come film. These songs include ones he performed in the film, such as the title track and "You Can Get It If You Really Want." Parks's script is adapted from the original screenplay by Trevor Rhone and Perry Henzell, who also produced and directed the movie.

Tony Taccone directs The Harder They Come off Broadway; he is the former artistic director of Eureka Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. While at the former, he commissioned Tony Kushner to write Angels in America, which became one of the most celebrated plays of the 20th century. Co-directing is Sergio Trujillo, a Broadway choreographer best known for his Tony-nominated work on Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations.

The Harder They Come musical celebrates the movie's 50th anniversary.

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Photo credit: Suzan-Lori Parks by Stephanie Diani

Start date

February 16th, 2023

End date

April 9th, 2023


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123 Reviews



754 Reviews | 421 Followers
Disappointing, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if This Caribbean glorious singing with outstanding choreography throughout this experience. Exceptional orchestra with perfect musical score.

Don’t see it if Very disappointing script with poor direction.



295 Reviews | 104 Followers
Busy, Great music, Fast paced

See it if you enjoy fast paced shows where style is emphasized.

Don’t see it if you will be bothered by an over stuffed staging or a plot that doesn't develop charters well.

Michelle G 6049

Michelle G 6049

156 Reviews | 48 Followers
Energetic, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You liked the movie. Like reggae music. Shows that portray different cultures

Don’t see it if Don't like shows that portray crime, police corruption. Sounds of gunshots might trigger you.

Claude 7183

Claude 7183

278 Reviews | 57 Followers
Dizzying, Riveting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You like reggae music and Jimmy Cliff and can’t believe The Harder They Come was released in 1972.

Don’t see it if You do not like very loud musicals. And the play is a little confusing like the movie was.

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Our Review

'The Harder They Come' review — new musical has big beats and big potential

5 of 5
16 Mar 2023, 02:00
Read our five-star review of The Harder They Come, a musical based on the same-named 1972 film, playing off Broadway at The Public Theater through April 9.

The Harder They Come cast and creative team

By: Suzan-Lori Parks, adapted from the film produced and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written with Trevor Rhone
Songs by: Jimmy Cliff
Director: Tony Taccone and Sergio Trujillo
Choreography: Edgar Godineaux
Cast list: Jeannette Bayardelle, Shawn Bowers, Andrew Clarke, Jamal Christopher Douglas, Dana Marie Ingraham, Dominique Johnson, Chelsea-Ann Jones, Dudney Joseph Jr, Dwight Xaveir Leslie, Morgan McGhee, Meecah, Jacob Ming-Trent, Alysha Morgan, Ken Robinson, Housso Semon
Other info: Music supervision by Kenny Seymour


425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, USA, 10003


Accessible entrances, seating, and restrooms. Assistive Listening Devices. ASL interpreted, Open Caption and Audio Descriptions at select performances or on demand by request.

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