Broadway Opening: CHICKEN & BISCUITS (Circle in the Square)

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by Tony Frankel on July 15, 2021

in Theater-New York


Long ago, I saw a very tired Lés Miz on Broadway. Not long thereafter, producer Cameron Mackintosh replaced the cast with a new ensemble rife with folks who had never performed on Broadway before. I returned to see the Broadway newbies cast, and it was easily one of the most goosebump-inducing nights of theater I have ever had. The energy alone fortified me for weeks.

Michael Urie. Photo by Jenny Anderson.

Now, Chicken & Biscuits, the new comedy play by Douglas Lyons making its Broadway premiere this fall at Circle in the Square Theatre, has announced that the play marks eighteen Broadway debuts amongst the company, creative, and producing team!

Norm Lewis. Photo by Peter Hurley.

Joining the previously-announced Norm Lewis and Michael Urie are Broadway veteran NaTasha Yvette Williams and — both in their Broadway debuts — Cleo King and Devere Rogers. Reprising their roles from the play’s world premiere at Queens Theatre, and also making their Broadway stage debuts, are Ebony Marshall-Oliver, Aigner Mizzelle, and Alana Raquel Bowers. (Joining the company as understudies are Dean Acree, Jennifer Fouché, Michael Genet, Miles G Jackson and Camille Upshaw).

L to R: Cleo King, Alana Raquel Bowers, Ebony Marshall-Oliver,
Aigner Mizzelle, Devere Rogers, Natasha Yvette Williams

This dynamic ensemble cast leads a raucous family comedy so full of laughter and love, it’ll leave you begging for seconds. The Jenkins family is coming together to celebrate the life of their father — hopefully without killing each other. But any hopes for a peaceful reunion unravel when a family secret shows up at the funeral. Chicken & Biscuits had its world premiere on February 28, 2020 at Queens Theatre, but the engagement was cut short less than two weeks later, when the theater industry suspended operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The play begins previews on Broadway Thursday, September 23, 2021, with an Opening Night of Sunday, October 10, 2021, for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 2, 2022. Tickets are on sale now at Telecharge/212-239-6200.

Zhailon Levingston.

Directed by Zhailon Levingston, who becomes the youngest black director in Broadway history when he makes his debut this fall at age 27, the creative team also includes Scenic Designer Lawrence E. Moten III, Costume Designer Dede Ayite, Lighting Designer Adam Honoré, and Sound Designer Twi McCallum.

Douglas Lyons. Photo by Shani Hadjian.

The play marks eighteen Broadway debuts amongst the company, creative, and producing team. In addition to the aforementioned debuts of Levingston and nine cast members, Douglas Lyons and E. Clayton Cornelious – known to Broadway audiences for their onstage roles in several hit Broadway musicals – make their debuts as playwright and lead producer, respectively, alongside producing newcomers Pamela Ross and Leah MichalosDesigners Moten, Honoré and McCallum, and Casting Director Erica A. Hart, also make their Broadway debuts with the play! Production Stage Management is by lark hackshaw.

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