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A thrilling exposé of the darker side of 1980’s New York, The Life is a defiant and heartfelt musical lament for the old Times Square. A world of pimps and prostitutes, innocents and opportunists, it’s a gutsy and gritty joyride filled with both pathos and fun. Queen and Fleetwood are just trying to get by. New York has hit a moral rock bottom, and opportunity is becoming a scarcity. Queen is now selling herself to anyone with cash in Times Square, while Fleetwood is spending that cash on his nightly fix. Such is a regular story for those in The Life – just ask Sonja, whose market value as a hooker is depleting. It seems that nothing ever improves for those in The Life, but when a mysteriously innocent farm girl named Mary shows up, and Memphis and Joio, the biggest players in town, offer to help Queen out, will things start looking up? Described by the New York Times as “Broadway’s best kept secret” The Life features a rarely heard score by celebrated composer Cy Coleman (City of Angels, Sweet Charity). The original production of The Life, directed by Michael Blakemore, opened on April 26, 1997. It received 12 Tony Nominations of which it won two, and 9 Drama Desk Awards of which it won three, including Best Musical. 20 years later to the day, Michael Blakemore will be directing the musical again, starring stage legends Sharon D. Clarke and Cornell S. John. Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Cy Coleman. Based on an Original idea by Ira Gasman. Original Broadway Production produced by Roger Berlind, Martin Richards, Cy Coleman and Sam Crothers. Director Michael Blakemore Associate Director Jenny Eastop Choreographer Tom Jackson Greaves Musical Director Tamara Saringer Set and Costume Designer Justin Nardella Lighting Designer David Howe Video Designer Nina Dunn Casting Director Anne Vosser General Management David Adkin Limited Producers Amy Anzel, Matt Chisling and Catherine Schreiber Bruno Wang, Andrea Leoncini Carlos Arana and Jim Kierstead Cast John Addison David Albury Jalisa Andrews Matthew Caputo Lawrence Carmichael Sharon D. Clarke Omari Douglas Aisha Jawando Cornell S. John Thomas-Lee Kidd Charlotte Reavey Jo Servi Lucinda Shaw Johnathan Tweedie T’Shan Williams Joanna Woodward

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