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MLK musical drama set for July world premiere in Atlanta

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Tickets are now on sale for the world premiere in Atlanta of a musical drama based on the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

“I Dream,” directed by Jasmine Guy, will begin previews July 6 on the Alliance Theatre stage before a July 9-31 run. It’s the first U.S. staging by the production company Musical-Dramatic[cq, hyphen] Arts, based in Atlanta and London.

“I’ve tried to combine historic and personal elements of Dr. King’s extraordinary life and legacy with individual stories gleaned from interviews with people whose lives he touched during the tempestuous years of the Civil Rights movement between 1955 and 1968,” said author and composer Douglas Tappin in a release.

Tappin began working on the project four years ago after moving to Atlanta from Britain.

Quentin Earl Darrington (Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Broadway’s “Ragtime”) will portray MLK.

Tickets: 404-733-5000, www.woodruffcentertickets.org. Info: www.idreaminatlanta.com.

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