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Reggae    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 Thomas
Obba Babatundé
Ras Karbi
Calvin Lockhart
Ras Joseph
Loretta Abbott
Brenda Braxton
Breeha Clarke
Paul Cook'Tartt
Ralph Glenmore
Jeffrey Anderson Gunter
Sam Harkness
Binghi Maytal
Alvin McDuffie
The Spider
Thomas Pinnock
Louise Robinson
Fran Salisbury
Mrs. Brown
Kiki Shepard
Beth Shorter
Bruce Taylor
Ras-jawara Tesfa
Avon Testamark
Constance Thomas
Andy Torres
Juanita Grace Tyler
Byron Utley
Lewis Whitlock
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 Waiting Ensemble
Rise Tafari Natty and Rastas
Farmer Esau
Hey Man Faith and Esau
Mash Em Up Rockets and Rude Boys
Mrs. Brown Mrs. Brown, Louise and Ensemble
Everything That Touches You Faith
Mash Ethiopia Rockets and Rude Boys
Star of Zion Natty
Reggae Music Got Soul Binghi Maytal and Ensemble
Talkin' 'Bout Reggae Binghi Maytal and Ensemble
Everything That Touches You (Reprise) Faith
ACT 2 Sung By
Rise Up Jah-Jah Children Rastas and Ras Joseph
No Sinners in Jah Yard Ras Joseph and Rastas
Banana, Banana, Banana Ensemble
Promised Land Natty
Rasta Roll Call Ras Joseph and Rastas
Rastafari Ensemble
Roots of the Tree Ras Joseph and Rastas
I and I Faith and Esau
Gotta Take a Chance Rockets and Rude Boys
Star of Zion (Reprise) Natty and Faith
Chase the Devil Esau
Now I See It Faith
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