The recording icon has gone from theatre producer to influencer to composer-lyricist, now debuting her new musical, Hell's Kitchen, at The Public Theater.
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Alicia Keys returns to the New York theatre scene with Hell's Kitchen, the new musical based on the Grammy-winning musician's New York upbringing. Get Hell's Kitchen tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
The Hell's Kitchen musical is set in a tiny apartment in the title neighborhood, where 17-year-old Ali has big dreams and a wary mother who tries to keep Ali from repeating her past mistakes. As Ali falls for a young drummer and befriends a neighboring piano player, she and her mother learn of all the possibilities Ali's future can hold — and the racial and coming-of-age obstacles she'll have to overcome to make her dreams come true.
This world-premiere show marks Keys's second foray into theatre following the 2011 play Stick Fly, for which she composed original music. She's best known for her acclaimed music career, which has earned her 15 Grammy Awards. Keys is known for her unique sound that blends R&B, soul, hip-hop, and pop, and some of her biggest hits include "Fallin'," "If I Ain't Got You," and "Empire State of Mind." Her existing hits will appear in Hell's Kitchen alongside new songs she wrote for the musical.
Hell's Kitchen off Broadway isn't actually performing in Hell's Kitchen, which is adjacent to the Theatre District. The show is at The Public Theater in the NoHo neighborhood. However, multiple musicals, including fellow Manhattan native Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, have made the move uptown after premiering at the Public.
Speaking of fellow New York natives, the entire lead creative team of Hell's Kitchen, alongside Keys, was also born and raised in the area. Director Michael Greif, a four-time Tony nominee for directing the NYC-set Rent and other shows, is from Brooklyn. Choreographer Camille A. Brown (two-time Tony nominee for the 2022 revival of for colored girls) hails from Queens, and bookwriter Kristoffer Diaz (Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity) is from Yonkers, just outside the city.
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Approx. 2 hour 30 minutes (incl. one intermission)
October 24th, 2023
December 10th, 2023
Cast and creative
By: Kristoffer Diaz
Songs by: Alicia Keys
Director: Michael Greif
Choreography: Camille A. Brown
Producer: The Public Theater
Cast list: Shoshana Bean (as Jersey), Chad Carstarphen (as Ray), Brandon Victor Dixon (as Davis), Vanessa Ferguson (as Tiny), Crystal Monee Hall (as Crystal), Chris Lee (as Knuck), Jackie Leon (as Jessica), Kecia Lewis (as Miss Liza Jane), Maleah Joi Moon (as Ali), Mariand Torres (as Maria), Lamont Walker II (as Riq)
Design: Robert Brill
Costumes: Dede Ayite
Lighting: Natasha Katz
Sound: Gareth Owen
Other info: Projection design by Peter Nigrini, hair and wig design by Mia Neal
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The multi-award-winning singer composed the score for the new musical loosely based on her own adolescence and career beginnings in the title NYC neighborhood.