Following a week of closure due to breakthrough COVID-19 cases in the company, the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Skeleton Crew resumes Broadway previews January 11. The Dominique Morisseau-penned play, originally slated to open January 12 and later rescheduled for January 22 following an initial pandemic delay, will now celebrate its official opening on January 26.
The play, the third in Morisseau's Detroit Cylcle, tells the story of a tight-knit family of workers at a small auto factory facing foreclosure. It stars Tony winner Phylicia Rashad (Gem of the Ocean, A Rasin in the Sun), Brandon J. Dirden (Jitney), Chanté Adams in her Broadway debut, Joshua Boone (Network), and dancer-choreographer Adesola Osakalumi (Fela!). Tony winner Ruben-Santiago Hudson directs the work.
The creative team includes set designer Michael Carnahan (Lackawana Blues), costume designer Emilio Sosa (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess), lighting designer Rui Rita (The Velocity of Autumn), and projection designer Nicholas Hussong (On Your Feet!). Original music and sound design is by Rob Kaplowitz, with original songs by Jimmy ‘J Keys’ Keys, and vocal foley work by Chesney Snow. Casting is by Dave Caparelliotis and Kelly Gillespie, and Kamra A. Jacobs serves as production stage manager.
Morisseau is Tony-nominated for the book of Ain't Too Proud, the Temptations bio-musical currently running on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre through January 16.
Take a look at Geffen Playhouse's 2018 staging of Skeleton Crew: