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Alicia Keys puts muscle behind Kenny Leon’s Broadway-bound ‘Stick Fly’

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

In May, Kenny Leon tipped the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it looked promising that he would direct a second play, “Stick Fly,” on Broadway later this year (after he launches “The Mountaintop” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett).

Lydia R. Diamond’s play exploring race, class and familial relationships among the African-American elite was officially announced this week and with an eye-catching producer attached: R&B singer Alicia Keys.

Leon first staged “Stick Fly” in a Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company production in Atlanta in 2007. He’s also directed productions at the Arena Stage in Washington and the Huntington Theater Company in Boston.

Keys said in a statement that the play is one “everybody can relate to.

“I’m passionate about this play because it is so beautifully written and portrays Black America in a way that we don’t often get to see in entertainment,” the Grammy-winner continued. “I know it will touch all audiences, who will find a piece of themselves somewhere inside this house.”

No casting announced yet, but “Stick Fly” previews begin Nov. 18 at the Lyceum Theatre.

Tickets are available by calling 1-800-432-7250 or online at www.telecharge.com. More information: www.stickflybroadway.com.

Meanwhile, “Mountaintop,” about the imagined last night of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, begins previews Sept. 22 and opens Oct. 13 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (1-800-432-7250, www.telecharge.com).

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