Catch a musical that brilliantly captures the backdrop of hate and violence that plagues America. Directed by Jack Cummings II of the Transport Group, Broadbend, Arkansas guarantees to astound audiences from across the world during its Broadway premiere!
Why Watch Broadbend, Arkansas
Brought to the Broadway stage by the Transport Group, with artistic director Jack Cummings II at its helm, Broadbend, Arkansas promises to be a breathtaking take on the current community-based violence that plagues the United States. Cummings is a winner of the prestigious OBIE Award and is well known for directing Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke, Picnic, and Come Back, Little Sheba: William Inge in Rep*.
The musical features both monologues and sung sections, and they wonderfully blend in together thanks to Ted Shen’s excellent add lyrics to the original production. Fitzhugh and Rivers have created a moving score that approaches operatic levels, causing them to be credited as librettists rather than playwrights. Capturing the struggles of characters spanning different generations, it highlights and condemns how societal conditions have barely changed over the past 50 years.
In the city of Broadbend in Arkansas, an African-American family is fighting against decades of oppression, violence, and inequality in the Southern regions of the United States. A civil rights movement for the upliftment of the Black community has gripped the nation. An orderly at a nursing home is in charge of a white resident. In addition to this responsibility, he must also provide for his family, and take care of his young daughter.
Thirty years later, his daughter attempts to navigate the world of racism and violence when an incident of police brutality against her 15-year old son leaves her utterly shocked. Will the cycle of violence ever stop plaguing the Black community?
Fans of Social Dramas
Know Before You Go
Recommended for ages 8 and up
The Duke on 42nd Street Theatre has a seating capacity of 200.
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Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
- Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.
- There is no late seating. Please arrive on time for the performance.
Strict Cancellation Policy
This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.
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