Full cast announced for The Fortress of Solitude

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

The off-Broadway non-profit Public Theater has announced full casting for its upcoming production of an original musical, adaptated from Jonathan Lethem's novel The Fortress of Solitude, which runs from 30 September to 2 November, with an official opening on 22 October 2014.

The complete cast includes Ken Barnett (Abraham Ebdus), Kyle Beltran (Mingus), Adam Chanler-Berat (Dylan), Andre de Shields (Senior), Carla Duren (Marilla), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Lala, Abby), Jahi Kearse (Raf, Henry, Desmond, Jared), Kevin Mambo (Junior), Malaiyka Reid (Swing), Noah Ricketts (Swing), David Rossmer (Arthur), Conor Ryan (Radio Guy, Mike, Gabe), Kristen Sieh (Rachel Ebdus), Britton Smith (Subtle Distinction), Brian Tyree Henry (Robert), Akron Watson (Subtle Distinction), Alison Whitehurst (Skater Girl, Liza), and Juson Williams (Subtle Distinction).

Conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin, it features music and lyrics by Michael Friedman (Love's Labour's Lost, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and book by Itamar Moses, and tells the extraordinary coming-of-age story about 1970s Brooklyn and beyond - of black and white, soul and rap, block parties and blackouts, friendship and betrayal, comic books and 45s.

The creative team behind The Fortress of Solitude features set design by Eugene Lee, costumes by Jessica Pabst, lighting by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Robert Kaplowitz, projections by Jeff Sugg, and hair and wig design by Leah Loukas.

- by Tom Millward

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