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For half a century, the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key? A new play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the screenwriter of Moonlight.


Samuel J. Friedman Theatre


Jan. 8, 2019


March 10, 2019


Tarell Alvin McCraney


Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove


Since Choir Boy’s Off Broadway debut in 2013, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney won an Academy Award—the 2016 Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Moonlight, based on his play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue; and he became the Chair of Yale School of Drama’s playwriting department.

Jeremy Pope, who created the role of Pharus Jonathan Young is the play’s Off Broadway debut and then again on Broadway, is one of a rare breed of leading men who has starred on Broadway in a plays and a musical in the same season. He also plays one of The Temptations in Ain’t Too Proud.


Choir Boy was commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) and first produced in its Off Broadway space in the summer of 2013. The play was staged at several prominent regional theatres before the MTC production transferred to Broadway.