June 16, 2024

Alicia Keys‘ musical “Hell’s Kitchen” is heading to Broadway in the spring.

The musical, which features music and lyrics by Keys and a book by Kristoffer Diaz, made its world premiere at the Public Theater on Oct. 24 and is currently running there through Jan. 14. “Hell’s Kitchen” will transfer to the Shubert Theater on Broadway, with previews starting March 28 and opening night on April 20. 

The official synopsis reads, “In a cramped apartment hanging off the side of Times Square, 17-year-old Ali is desperate to get her piece of the New York dream. Ali’s mother is just as determined to protect her daughter from the same mistakes she made. When Ali falls for a talented young drummer, both mother and daughter must face hard truths about race, defiance, and growing up. Ali feels trapped, until the sound of a neighbor playing piano opens the door to an unexpected friendship and a radically different future.”

“Good things take time and for 13 years, I’ve been dreaming, developing and finding inspiration for a musical based on my experience growing up in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ is inspired by my life, but it’s not a biographical story. It’s a story about family relationships and identity: Who are we? Who do we want to be? Who are we becoming?” Keys said in a statement. “The score features new songs that I’m really excited to get out into the world alongside many of my album releases that you know but you’ve never heard like this – rearranged and reinterpreted.” 

The Broadway cast has yet to be announced. The Off-Broadway production at the Public Theater includes Shoshana Bean, Maleah Joi Moon, Brandon Victor Dixon, Kecia Lewis, Chris Lee and Vanessa Ferguson.

“Hell’s Kitchen” features music consulting by Tom Kitt, music supervision by Adam Blackstone, choreography by Camille A. Brown and direction by Michael Greif. The creative team also includes scenic designer Robert Brill, costume designer Dede Ayite, lighting designer Natasha Katz, sound designer Gareth Owen, projection designer Peter Nigrini, and hair and wig designer Mia Neal. The Broadway production is produced by AKW Productions, with Aaron Lustbader serving as executive producer.

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