american singer Alicia Keys will premiere at the end of this year in New York a musical called “Hell’s Kitchen”, the name of the neighborhood in which he grew up in the vicinity of Times Square, as announced by The Public Theater company.
As the Grammy winner told The New York Times, the work is inspired by her own story and is about a young woman who is “testing her limits” and experiences a series of encounters with important people that will influence who she will become as an adult.
The Public Theater, in a press release, reveals that the musical stars a 17-year-old girl named Ali who falls in love with a drummer, leading her and her mother to face “hard truths” about issues of race, rebellion and growth.
“Ali feels trapped until the sound of a neighbor playing the piano opens the door to an unexpected friendship and a radically different future,” says the company’s note, which will offer the functions between October 24 and 10. December.
Alicia Keys is in charge of the music and lyrics of this musical that has luxury artists: it will be directed by Michael Greig and choreographed by Camille A. Brown, nominated for a Tony Award for theater, and will have a book by Kristoffer Diaz, finalist playwright of the Pulitzer Prize.
The lead will be an emerging actress, Maleah Joi Moon, and in the role of her parents will be two well-known Broadway performers, Shoshanna Bean and Brandon Victor Dixon. “Hell’s Kitchen”, says The Public Theater, will include some of the most famous songs of Keys, but also new themes written for the play, which the Times says has a cast of 20 and the company’s biggest budget to date.