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Choir Boy is a play by American playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. The play premiered in September 2012 at the Royal Court Theatre, London, before going on to play productions at New York City Center, Alliance Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, and many more regional theatres across the United States. The show opened on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on January 8, 2019, after entering previews on December 12, 2018.
|Written by||Tarell Alvin McCraney|
|Characters||Pharus Jonathan Young|
Anthony Justin ‘AJ’ James
|Date premiered||September 4, 2012|
|Place premiered||Royal Court Theatre|
|Setting||Charles R. Drew Prep School|
- Pharus Jonathan Young
- Headmaster Marrow
- Junior Davis
- David Heard
- Bobby Marrow
- Anthony Justin ‘AJ’ James
- Mr. Pendleton
Royal Court Theatre, LondonEdit
Choir Boy opened at the Royal Court Theatre on September 4, 2012 and it played until October 6. Dominic Cooke directed and the cast featured: Dominic Smith (Pharus), David Burke (Mr Pendleton), Gary McDonald (Headmaster Marrow), Eric Kofi-Abrefa (Bobby), Kwayedza Kureya (Junior Davis), Khali Best (Anthony Justin), and Aron Julius (David Heard).
Manhattan Theater Club at City Center, Stage IEdit
Choir Boy was commissioned by Manhattan Theater Club. The production began previews on June 18, 2013, with an official opening on July 2, 2013. The production starred Jeremy Pope as Pharus Jonathan Young, Nicholas L. Ashe as Junior Davis, Kyle Beltran as David Heard, Grantham Coleman as Anthony Justin 'AJ' James, Chuck Cooper as Headmaster Marrow, Austin Pendleton as Mr. Pendleton, and Wallace Smith as Bobby Marrow. The show closed on August 11, 2013.
Choir Boy premiered on the Hertz Stage at Alliance Theatre on September 20, 2013, and closed on October 13, 2013.
The show featured Jeremy Pope as Pharus Jonathan Young and Nicholas L. Ashe as Junior Davis, both reprising their performances from the City Center run of the show. New cast members included Caleb Eberhardt as David Heard, Joshua Boone as Bobby Marrow, Scott Robertson as Mr. Pendleton, John Stewart as Anthony Justin 'AJ' James, and Charles E. Wallace as Headmaster Marrow.  Serving as the production understudies were Victor Jackson for Pharus Jonathan Young and Junior Davis; Patrick McColery for Mr. Pendleton; Kevin O'Hara for Headmaster Marrow; and Alex B. West for Anthony Justin 'AJ' James, David Heard, and Bobby Marrow.
The production was directed by Trip Cullman, and featured set and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, sound design by Fitz Patton, music direction and vocal arrangements by Jason Michael Webb, and casting by Nancy Piccione, Kelly Gillespie, and Jody Feldman.
The Geffen Playhouse production in Los Angeles, California began previews on September 16, 2014, before the official opening night on September 26, 2014, and a final performance on October 26, 2014. This production marked the show's West Coast premiere.
The cast included Jeremy Pope as Pharus Jonathan Young, Nicholas L. Ashe as Junior Davis, and Grantham Coleman as Anthony Justin 'AJ' James, all reprising their performances from New York City Center Stage I, and Caleb Eberhardt as David Heard, reprising his performance from the Alliance Theatre production. New to the company was Michael A. Shepperd as Headmaster Marrow, Donovan Mitchell as Bobby Marrow, and Leonard Kelly-Young as Mr. Pendleton. 
The production was directed by Trip Cullman and featured set design by David Zinn, costume design by E.B. Brooks, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, sound design by Fitz Patton, music direction and vocal arrangements by Jason Michael Webb, and casting by Phyllis Schuringa.
Choir Boy began previews on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on December 12, 2018, officially opening on January 8, 2019 and closing on March 10. Trip Cullman directed the production and Jeremy Pope reprised his role as Pharus Jonathan Young.
|Character||Royal Court Theatre (2012)||New York City Center (2013)||Alliance Theatre (2014)||Geffen Playhouse (2014)||Broadway (2018)|
|Pharus Jonathan Young||Dominic Smith||Jeremy Pope|
|Headmaster Marrow||Gary McDonald||Chuck Cooper||Charles E. Wallace||Michael A. Shepperd||Chuck Cooper|
|David Heard||Aron Julius||Kyle Beltran||Caleb Eberhardt|
|Bobby Marrow||Eric Kofi-Abrefa||Wallace Smith||Joshua Boone||Donovan Mitchell||J. Quinton Johnson|
|Anthony Justin 'AJ' James||Khali Best||Grantham Coleman||John Stewart||Grantham Coleman||John Clay III|
|Junior Davis||Kwayedza Kureya||Nicholas L. Ashe|
|Mr. Pendleton||David Burke||Austin Pendleton||Scott Robertson||Leonard Kelly-Young||Austin Pendleton|
Awards and nominationsEdit
Original Off-Broadway productionEdit
|2013||Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Jeremy Pope||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play||Nominated|
|2019||Tony Awards||Best Play||Nominated|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play||Jeremy Pope||Nominated|
|Best Sound Design of a Play||Fitz Patton||Won|
|Best Choreography||Camille A. Brown||Nominated|
|Special Tony Award||Jason Michael Webb||Won|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Music in a Play||Jason Michael Webb and Fitz Patton||Won|
|Outstanding Sound Design in a Play||Fitz Patton||Nominated|
|Outstanding Choreography||Camille A. Brown||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actor in a Play||Jeremy Pope||Nominated|
|Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||John Clay III||Nominated|
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