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Unchain My Heart opening moves to Spring 2011 on Broadway

UNCHAIN MY HEART opening moves to Spring 2011 on Broadway

UNCHAIN MY HEART, the Ray Charles Musical, which was scheduled to open at the Barrymore Theatre on Broadway on November 7, will now open in the Spring of 2011 at a Shubert Theatre to be announced.   The principal cast is expected to stay with the production.  Producer Stuart Benjamin cited logistical reasons for the change in date.

UNCHAIN MY HEART stars Brandon Victor Dixon as “Ray Charles” and Nikki Renée Daniels as “Della” with Harrison White as “Jeff Brown” and Tasha Taylor as “Margie Hendricks.”

Directed by Sheldon Epps, UNCHAIN MY HEART features the music of Ray Charles and a book by Suzan-Lori Parks.  Unchain My Heart will also feature Choreography by Kenneth L. Roberson with Associate Edgar Godineaux, Music Supervision and Arrangements by Rahn Coleman, Orchestrations by Harold Wheeler and Music Direction by Shelton Becton.  The design team for UNCHAIN MY HEART includes Riccardo Hernandez (Sets), Paul Tazewell (Costumes), Howell Binkley (Lights), Carl Casella (Sound), Jason H. Thompson (Projections), Charles LaPointe (Hair).  Casting is by Telsey & Company, Technical Supervision by Theatersmith, Inc. and the General Manager is Don Frantz & Laurie Brown of Town Square Productions, Inc.

UNCHAIN MY HEART, The Ray Charles Musical explores the strength, humor and musical genius of the legendary Ray Charles.  One of the greatest pioneering musical artists of all time, Ray Charles mastered everything from soul and rhythm & blues to gospel, jazz, country and pop. Set in his last live recording session, UNCHAIN MY HEART reveals Charles’ remarkable life story through his music.  Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) weaves together true tales that reveal the spirit of the man whose life and music helped to define soul, and inspired people the world over.

UNCHAIN MY HEART will feature Charles’ best-known hits, including:  “Georgia on My Mind,” “What’d I Say,” “Mess Around,” “Hit The Road, Jack,” “Unchain My Heart,” “I Got a Woman,” “You Don’t Know Me” and “Hallelujah, I Love Her So.”


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