Loading Events

Crowns

CROWNS
A MUSICAL CELEBRATION
In Association with McCarter Theatre Center
Written and Directed by 
Regina Taylor 
Adapted from the book by 
Michael Cunningham and 
Craig Marberry
APRIL 18 – MAY 13, 2018
Run Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes with no intermission

 

 

Yolanda is a tough girl from Chicago. A family tragedy sends her to live in South Carolina with her grandmother, Mother Shaw. Surrounded by a circle of powerful women, Yolanda learns the “hat queen rules”, awakening in her a deep sense of who she is and where she comes from. Crowns weaves together compelling stories and glorious gospel music to create a tapestry of voices that transcend time and place. Inspiring and stirring, the Chicago Tribune says, “There is something about Crowns that warms the soul.”

 

REVIEWS


“One of those special shows that fires up the spirit and opens hearts.” New Haven Register

“An eminently soulful evening at the theater.” New Haven Independent

Crowns makes a joyous noise.” Hartford Courant

“The gospel voices: WOW. The musicians: WOW. And the hats: WOW.” Philadelphia Inquirer

“Soul-stirring…an exceptionally talented company.”
Broad Street Review 

“Vibrant (and) inspirational.” Town Topics 

Crowns will take your breath away…a feast for the senses.” –  Princeton Packet 

“A rousing, end-of-winter uplift.” – Front Row Center 

 

 

JOIN THE CONVERSATION


4/05 – How Music Builds Community
4/11 – How Mentorship Sustains Community in Our Neighborhoods
4/14 – Urban Life Experience Book Discussion Series: Crowns
4/16 – Tell Your Story: Finding Belonging
5/06 – Sunday Symposium

 

CAST


The cast of Crowns Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson
SHARI ADDISON
Mother Shaw
GABRIELLE BECKFORD
Yolanda
LAWRENCE CLAYTON
Man
REBECCA E. COVINGTON
Jeanette
LATICE CRAWFORD
Velma
STEPHANIE POPE
Wanda
DANIELLE K. THOMAS
Mabel


MUSICIANS


Piano, Keyboard, Guitar – Jaret Landon
Drumfolk Riddim Specialist – David Pleasant

 

COMMUNITY GUEST SOLOISTS


MALIA WEST
April 18-22
MARCELLA MONK FLAKE
April 24-29

ALETA STATON
May 1-6

MAE GIBSON BROWN
May 8-13


THE MUSIC


 

 

 

 

 

CREATIVE TEAM


Choreographer – Dianne McIntyre
Music Director – Jaret Landon
Set Design – Caite Hevner

Costume Design – Emilio Sosa
Lighting Design – Bradley King
Sound Design – Robert Kaplowitz
Projection Design – Rasean Davonte Johnson
Wig, Hair, & Makeup Design – J. Jared Janas & Dave Bova
Casting – Telsey + Company / Rebecca Scholl, CSA
Production Stage Manager – Alison Cote
Assistant Stage Manager – Amy Patricia Stern

Original compositions and arrangements for this production have been provided by Jaret Landon, Diedre Murray, David Pleasant, Chesney Snow, and Regina Taylor, except for the following songs:
Time to Get Ready – Carol Maillard and Louise Robinson
The Hat Queen Rules – Fred Carl and Kirsten Childs
Run and Tell That – Jaret Landon and Jade Maya Lampert Smith
Too Many Hats – Gary Dennis

 


OPENING NIGHT SPONSORS
Jacqueline Koral
Nancy Alexander & Phillip Bernstein

 


Gallery Photo Credits (L to R)
Featured Image – Stephanie Pope, Shari Addison, Latice Crawford, Danielle K. Thomas.
Image 1 – Danielle K. Thomas, Rebecca E. Covington, Stephanie Pope
Image 2 – Gabrielle Beckford (center) with members of the company of Crowns
Image 3 – Danielle K. Thomas, Gabrielle Beckford, Lawrence Clayton, Latice Crawford, Shari Addison, Stephanie Pope
Image 4 – Shari Addison, Danielle K. Thomas, Rebecca E. Covington, Latice Crawford, Lawrence Clayton (behind)
Image 5 – Stephanie Pope, Lawrence Clayton, Gabrielle Beckford, Latice Crawford with members of the company of Crowns
Photos by T. Charles Erickson