Broadbend, Arkansas

Name: The Duke on 42nd Street
Address: 229 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
Production Information
First performance date: October 25, 2019
Opening date: November 10, 2019
Closing date: November 23, 2019
External Links: Official Website

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Production Description
In Transport Group’s world premiere musical Broadbend, Arkansas, an African-American family grapples with decades of inequality, violence, and suppression in the South. Benny, an orderly at a nursing home, delicately balances his role as a caregiver to an ornery white resident who shares a contentious past with his white boss while at the same time caring for his own family as the fight for equality grips the nation in the midst of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Thirty years later, his daughter, Ruby, struggles to understand an incident of police brutality against her 15-year-old son. This unique musical, spanning nearly half a century and three generations, asks us to contemplate the cycle of violence in this country and how we will find hope and create change against the backdrop of hate that plagues America.
Opening Night Credits

Production Credits
Person/Company Credit
Transport Group Theatre Company Producer
The Public Theater Produced in Association
Ellen Fitzhugh Libretto
Harrison David Rivers Libretto
Ted Shen Music
Ted Shen Additional Lyrics
Jack Cummings III Director
Deborah Abramson Musical Director
Peiyi Wong Costume Designer
Jen Schriever Lighting Designer
Walter Trarbach Sound Designer
Dane Laffrey Scenic Consultant
Jason Hindelang Production Stage Manager
Michael Starobin Orchestrations
Nora Brennan Casting

Actor Role
Justin Cunningham N/A
Danyel Fulton N/A