The Secret Life of Bees

Atlantic Theater Company continues its 2018-2019 season with the world premiere of new musical The Secret Life of Bees, directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold and featuring a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, with music by Tony & Grammy Award winner Duncan Sheik and lyrics by two-time Tony Award nominee Susan Birkenhead.

The musical is based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd.

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Running time: 
2hrs 30mins (including 1 intermission)
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About The Secret Life of Bees:

South Carolina, 1964. Lily Owens, a restless white teenager, struggles with her merciless father and the haunting memory of her mother’s death. When Rosaleen, her black caregiver, is beaten and jailed for asserting her right to vote, Lily’s rebellious spirit is ignited. She and Rosaleen escape on an adventure where they are taken in by a trio of black beekeeping sisters. While Lily tries to unlock the secrets of her past, she and Rosaleen find solace in the mesmerizing world of bees and spirituality in this extraordinary tale of awakening, fellowship and healing.

Music by Duncan Sheik, Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, and a Book by Lynn Nottage, based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd
Atlantic Theater Company
Sam Gold
Cast list:
Eisa Davis (as June), Manoel Felciano (as T-Ray), Brett Gray (as Zach), LaChanze (as August), Anastacia McCleskey (as May), Saycon Sengbloh (as Rosaleen), and Elizabeth Teeter (as Lily), with Romelda Teron Benjamin, Joe Cassidy, Vita E. Cleveland, Matt DeAngelis, and Jai'Len Christine Li Josey
The Secret Life of Bees Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
May 12, 2019
Opening date: 
June 13, 2019
July 21, 2019

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Atlantic Theater Company - Linda Gross Theater

336 West 20th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenue) New York, NY 10011
Nearest subway station:
14th Street / 8th Avenue station

Our The Secret Life of Bees Review

If you are looking for an off-Broadway musical with killer songs and a stellar cast, look no further. This musical adaption of the best-selling novel, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is moving, thoughtful and musically exhilarating. Adapted for the stage by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, with music by Tony and Grammy Award winner Duncan Sheik, and directed by... Read more