LaChanze & Saycon Sengbloh

The Secret Life of Bees extends at Atlantic Theater Company

The world premiere musical will now run through to July 14, 2019 at Atlantic's Linda Gross Theater.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Atlantic Theater Company has announced a 1-week extension for its upcoming world premiere of The Secret Life of Bees, a new musical featuring music by Tony & Grammy Award winner Duncan Sheik, lyrics by Tony Award nominee Susan Birkenhead and a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd.

Directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold, performances begin at Atlantic's Linda Gross Theater on May 12, ahead of an official opening on June 13 and a limited engagement now running through to July 14, 2019 (instead of July 7).

Synopsis: "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."

As previously announced, the cast of The Secret Life of Bees includes (in alphabetical order) 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 ensemble members Romelda Teron Benjamin, Joe Cassidy, Vita E. Cleveland, Matt DeAngelis, and Jai'Len Christine Li Josey.

The creative team has also been announced and features choreography by Chris Walker, musical direction by Jason Hart, music contraction by Antoine Silverman, orchestrations by Duncan Sheik and John Clancy, incidental music orchestrations by Duncan Sheik, ​scenic design by Mimi Lien, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Jane Cox, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, puppets by AchesonWalsh Studios, hair & make-up design by Cookie Jordan, fight direction by UnkleDave's Fight House, and dialect coaching by Dawn-Elin Fraser.

(Photos courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown)

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