BROADBEND,
ARKANSAS

Three generations of family
in search of hope and change

LIBRETTO BY ELLEN FITZHUGH &

HARRISON DAVID RIVERS

MUSIC AND ADDITIONAL LYRICS BY TED SHEN

DIRECTED BY JACK CUMMINGS III

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH

THE PUBLIC THEATER

 

OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 23, 2019

The Duke on 42nd Street
229 West 42nd Street
Run Time: Approximately 100 minutes,
including a 15 minute intermission
Please arrive early, as there is no late seating.

 

A World Premiere Musical
Produced in Association with The Public Theater

 In Transport Group’s world premiere musical Broadbend, Arkansas, an African-American family grapples with decades of inequality, violence, and suppression in the South.  Benny, an orderly at a nursing home, delicately balances his role as a caregiver to an ornery white resident who shares a contentious past with his white boss while at the same time caring for his own family as the fight for equality grips the nation in the midst of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.  Thirty years later, his daughter, Ruby, struggles to understand an incident of police brutality against her 15-year-old son.  This unique musical, spanning nearly half a century and three generations, asks us to contemplate the cycle of violence in this country and how we will find hope and create change against the backdrop of hate that plagues America.

Cast

Justin Cunningham

Justin Cunningham

Danyel Fulton

Danyel Fulton

Creative Team

Jack Cummings III

Director

Jennifer Schriever

Lighting Design

Peiyi Wong

Costume Design

Walter Trarbach

Sound Design

Dane Laffrey

Scenic Consultant

Deborah Abramson

Musical Direction

Michael Starobin
Orchestrations
Nora Brennan

Casting

 

 

Special Performances

November 16 at 2pm
Special talkback with TG’s Development Manager Stephanie Prugh and members of the creative team

November 17 at 3pm
Special talkback with TG’s Development Manager Stephanie Prugh and members of the creative team

November 19 at 7:30
Community Night with a talkback moderated by special guest, Michael Dinwiddie of NYU and members of the creative team

November 20 at Noon
Special Student Matinee for the High School of Art and Design. Talkback to follow

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Cunningham’s mesmerizing shifts in body language and vocal quality invite the audience into Benny’s world with a sense of wonder and anticipation.

– The Broadway Blog

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A gripping meditation on identity and parenthood, gloriously performed by Danyel Fulton as the eponymous mother

– Slant Magazine

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A beautiful, urgent exploration of race and activism alongside the family and the deep ties that bind them

– Oskar Eustis, The Public Theater

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Fall Theater Pick

– The New York Times


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