SWEETEE (www.SweeteeTheMusical.com), a new American musical with book, music and lyrics by Gail Kriegel (Home Front, Seven) and directed and choreographed by five-time Tony® nominee and two-time Emmy Award winner Patricia Birch (Broadway: Grease, Candide, Parade) will play at the Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues) for a limited engagement from May 23 - June 18 it was announced by producers Dream Big Theatrical LLC. Opening night is set for June 1st and will mark the musical’s world premiere.
SWEETEE tells the story of an outcast minister, a young street singer, and a band of orphans in the 1930’s depression-era South. As they struggle to make music and find their place in a world amid bigotry and poverty, a tale emerges of spiritual triumph in the face of adversity and racism. Nothing comes easy...but dreams are big.
SWEETEE features scenic design by Timothy Mackabee (Broadway: The Elephant Man), costume design by Tricia Barsamian (Broadway: Present Laughter), lighting design by Kirk Bookman (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and sound design by Janie Bullard (Cagney). Doug Katsaros (Broadway: The Rocky Horror Show) is the musical director and Greg Uliasz (Heaven Can Wait) is the associate director.
The cast includes: Jelani Alladin (Macbeth), Katy Blake (Mamma Mia!), Cedric Cannon (Camelot), Adante Carter (Carrie, the musical), Hugh Cha (The King and I), Dave Droxler (Candide), Morgan Siobhan Green (A Dog Play!), Jeremiah James (Billy Bigelow in the West End revival of Carousel, member of best selling recording group Teatro), Amir Royale, Jordan Tyson and Katherine Weber (Into The Woods). Production Stage Manager: Bernita Robinson. Assistant Stage Manager: Greg Schanuel.