"Rich and beautiful"
– CHICAGO TRIBUNE

June 30 – August 12, 2012 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 1 hour and 40 minutes

Regina Taylor’s gospel musical sensation returns to the Goodman, promising audiences a joyful good time.

When Chicago-born Yolanda is sent down South after the death of her brother, she finds strength in the tales of the wise women who surround her—and the powerful rituals connected to their dazzling hats. This jubilant musical traces the roots of Gospel through contemporary hip hop, fusing rich storytelling with abundant “hattitude” into a stirring coming-of-age tale. Crowns is a not-to-be-missed celebration of song, dance, cultural history—and glamorous headwear.

 

 

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Artists

Written and Directed by REGINA TAYLOR
Adapted from the Book by MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM and CRAIG MARBERRY

Cast

SHARI ADDISON - Ensemble
MELANIE BREZILL 
- Ensemble
E. FAYE BUTLER 
- Mabel
FELICIA FIELDS 
- Mother Shaw
DAVID JENNINGS - Man, Preacher
JASONDRA JOHNSON - Velma
ALEXIS J. ROGERS - Jeanette
KELVIN ROSTON, JR. - Ensemble
YUSHA-MARIE SORZANO - Ensemble
LAURA WALLS - Ensemble
PAULETTA WASHINGTON - Wanda
MARKETTA P. WILDER - Yolanda

Creative Team and Crew

FRED CARL - Music Director 
DIANNE MCINTYRE
 - Choreographer
MARUTI EVANS 
- Set Design
KAREN PERRY - Costume Design
KENNETH POSNER - Lighting Design
RICHARD WOODBURY- Sound Design
MAYA CIARROCCHI - Projection Design
TANYA PALMER - Dramaturg
ADAM BELCUORE - Casting
ALDEN VASQUEZ - Production Stage Manager
JAMIE WOLFE - Stage Manager

Critical Praise
  • "Chicago's best Crowns production yet"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "This is something about Crowns that warms the soul"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "The hat is most definitely where it's at"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Taylor [has] gathered some of the finest black divas in Chicago (and beyond)"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Inspiring...stirring work"

    - Time Out Chicago

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