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a musical revelation

Biltmore Theatre, (3/27/1980 - 4/13/1980)
First Preview: Mar 11, 1980 Total Previews: 11
Opening Date: Mar 27, 1980    
Closing Date: Apr 13, 1980 Total Performances: 21

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: One day in Jamaica.

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Theatre Owned / Operated by David J. Cogan
Produced by Michael Butler, Eric Nezhad and David J. Cogan
Concept and production: Michael Butler; Story and book by Kendrew Lascelles; Book by Melvin Van Peebles and Stafford Harrison; Music by Ras Karbi, Michael Kamen, Kendrew Lascelles, Max Romeo, Stafford Harrison, Randy Bishop and Jackie Mittoo; Lyrics by Ras Karbi, Michael Kamen, Kendrew Lascelles, Max Romeo, Stafford Harrison, Randy Bishop and Jackie Mittoo; Musical Director: Michael Kamen; Associate Musical Dir.: Michael Tschudin; Music arranged by Michael Kamen
Directed by Glenda Dickerson; Choreographed by Mike Malone; Additional direction by Gui Andrisano
Scenic Design by Edward Burbridge; Costume Design by Raoul Pène Du Bois; Lighting Design by Beverly Emmons; Sound Design by Lou Gonzalez; Hair and Wig Design by Eric Turner
Executive Producer: Woodie King, Jr.; General Manager: Ken Myers; Company Manager: Dennis Purcell
Production Stage Manager: Robert D. Currie; Stage Manager: Lee Murray
Conducted by Jackie Mittoo; Music Contractor: Joe Wilder; Musical Coordinator: Dennis Lopez; Keyboards: Jackie Mittoo; Rhythm guitar: Bryant Montiro
Press Representative: Cheryl Sue Dolby, Sandra Manley and Marguerite Wolfe; Cultural Consultant Dance: Rex Nettleford; General Press Representative: The Merlin Group, Ltd.; Dance Captain: Lewis Whitlock; Casting: Mae Washington; Advertising: J. Walter Thompson Co.; Photographer: Paul Gremmler
Sheryl Lee Ralph
Broadway debut
Philip Michael ThomasEsau
Obba BabatundéRockets
Ras KarbiNatty
Calvin LockhartRas Joseph
Loretta AbbottEnsemble
Brenda BraxtonAlternate
Breeha ClarkeEnsemble
Paul Cook'TarttEnsemble
Ralph GlenmoreEnsemble
Jeffrey Anderson GunterEnsemble
Sam HarknessBinghi Maytal
Alvin McDuffieAnancy
The Spider
Thomas PinnockEnsemble
Louise RobinsonLouise
Fran SalisburyMrs. Brown
Kiki ShepardEnsemble
Beth ShorterEnsemble
Bruce TaylorEnsemble
Ras-jawara TesfaEnsemble
Avon TestamarkEnsemble
Constance ThomasEnsemble
Andy TorresAlternate
Juanita Grace TylerEnsemble
Byron UtleyEnsemble
Lewis WhitlockEnsemble
Charles Wisnet
Broadway debut
Understudies: Obba Babatundé (Esau), Paul Cook'Tartt (Binghi Maytal, Rockets), Ralph Glenmore (Anancy), Thomas Pinnock (Ras Joseph), Louise Robinson (Mrs. Brown), Ras-jawara Tesfa (Natty) and Constance Thomas (Faith)
ACT 1 Sung By
Jamaica Is WaitingEnsemble
Rise TafariNatty and Rastas
Hey ManFaith and Esau
Mash Em UpRockets and Rude Boys
Mrs. BrownMrs. Brown, Louise and Ensemble
Everything That Touches YouFaith
Mash EthiopiaRockets and Rude Boys
Star of ZionNatty
Reggae Music Got SoulBinghi Maytal and Ensemble
Talkin' 'Bout ReggaeBinghi Maytal and Ensemble
Everything That Touches You (Reprise) Faith
ACT 2 Sung By
Rise Up Jah-Jah ChildrenRastas and Ras Joseph
No Sinners in Jah YardRas Joseph and Rastas
Banana, Banana, BananaEnsemble
Promised LandNatty
Rasta Roll CallRas Joseph and Rastas
Roots of the TreeRas Joseph and Rastas
I and IFaith and Esau
Gotta Take a ChanceRockets and Rude Boys
Star of Zion (Reprise) Natty and Faith
Chase the DevilEsau
Now I See ItFaith
Now I See It (Reggae)Faith and Ensemble
Everything That Touches You (Reprise) Faith and Esau
Reggae Music Got Soul (Reprise) Faith, Esau and Ensemble
Jamaica Is Waiting (Reprise) Faith, Esau and Ensemble