White Girl in Danger, a new musical from Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop), officially opens Off-Broadway April 10 after beginning previews March 15 at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theater. The co-production between Vineyard Theatre and Second Stage Theater will continue through May 21.
Tony nominee Lileana Blain-Cruz (The Skin of Our Teeth) directs the musical, with Raja Feather Kelly (A Strange Loop) choreographing.
Described as a "fever dream mashup of classic daytime and primetime soap operas, Lifetime movies, and red-hot melodrama," the musical follows the citizens of Allwhite, a town filled with drama and intrigue worthy of a daytime soap opera. Keesha Gibbs and the other Blackgrounds have been relegated to backburner stories of slavery and police violence for all of theirs. Keesha is determined to step out of the Blackground and into the center of Allwhite’s juiciest stories.
The company of White Girl in Danger includes Liz Lark Brown as Diane W/Barbara W/Judith W, Kayla Davion as Florence, Latoya Edwards as Keesha Gibbs, Jennifer Fouché as Abilene, Morgan Siobhan Green as Caroline, Molly Hager as Megan White, Vincent Jamal Hooper as Tarik Blackwell, James Jackson, Jr. as Clarence, Tarra Conner Jones as Nell Gibbs, Alyse Alan Louis as Maegan Whitehall, Lauren Marcus as Maegan Whitehead, and Eric William Morris as Matthew S/Scott M/Zack Paul Gosselar.
LaDonna Burns, Melessie Clark, Alexis Cofield, Shane Donovan, Jon-Michael Reese, and Natalie Walker round out the company as understudies.
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The production features scenic design by Adam Rigg, costume design by Montana Levi Blanco, lighting design by Jen Schriever, sound design by Jonathan Deans, projection design by Josh Higgason, and music direction and supervision by Meg Zervoulis. Orchestrations are by Lynne Shankel.
Jackson originally developed the new musical at Vineyard Theatre as part of a multi-year residency. Jackson's A Strange Loop received 11 Tony nominations, winning the 2022 Tony Award for Best Musical with Jackson taking home the Tony for Best Book.