Michael Urie and Norm Lewis to star in ‘Chicken & Biscuits’ on Broadway
Douglas Lyons' play will open at the Circle in the Square Theatre in the fall.
The Broadway premiere of Chicken & Biscuits will open at the Circle in the Square Theatre this fall. Chicken & Biscuits will begin previews from September 23, ahead of an opening night on October 10 and performances to Jan. 2, 2022. Find out more about Chicken & Biscuits tickets on Broadway here.
Chicken & Biscuits follows the Jenkins family, as they celebrate the life of their father at his funeral. Hopes for a peaceful event are dashed when secrets are revealed in this family comedy. Chicken & Biscuits had its world premiere at Queens Theatre in February 2020, cut short two weeks later by the pandemic.
Douglas Lyons makes his Broadway playwriting debut with Chicken & Biscuits, after his acting debut in The Book of Mormon. Speaking about the play, Lyons said: "Chicken & Biscuits is a story of love, messiness, and healing. This opportunity to bring our comedically complex Black family to the Broadway stage is a complete gift. Our batter is full of laughter, and I can't wait to witness audiences of all backgrounds fellowshipping together. I'll see y'all at the church—I mean, theater."
Norm Lewis will play Reginald. Lewis' Broadway credits include Once on This Island and made history as the first African American actor to play the title character in The Phantom of the Opera.
Michael Urie will play Logan. Previously, he's been in Grand Horizons at the Hayes Theater and Torch Song at Second Stage. The full cast is completed by Cleo King, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Devere Rogers, Ebony Marshall-Oliver, Aigner Mizzelle, Alana Raquel Bowers, Dean Acree, Jennifer Fouché, Michael Genet, Miles G Jackson and Camille Upshaw.
Zhailon Levingston will direct Chicken & Biscuits, making history as the youngest Black director in Broadway history at the age of 27. Scenic design is by Lawrence E. Moten III, with costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Adam Honoré and sound design by Twi McCallum.
Chicken & Biscuits is the latest new play to be announced which will open in the fall. Other new plays include Clyde's and Thoughts of a Colored Man. Find out when all Broadway shows are opening in 2021 here.
Chicken & Biscuits is at the Circle in the Square Theatre from September 23.
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Photo credit: Michael Urie and Norm Lewis (Photos by Jenny Anderson and Peter Hurley respectively)
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