A musical adaptation of the bestselling novel that follows a black caretaker who embarks on a pursuit with the young Lily to uncover the mystery of Lily's mother’s death, set against the backdrop of 1960s South Carolina.
From the producers: South Carolina, 1964. Lily Owens, a restless white teenager, struggles with her merciless father and the haunting memory of her mother’s death. When Rosaleen, her black caregiver, is beaten and jailed for asserting her right to vote, Lily’s rebellious spirit is ignited. She and Rosaleen escape on an adventure where they are taken in by a trio of black beekeeping sisters. While Lily tries to unlock the secrets of her past, she and Rosaleen find solace in the mesmerizing world of bees and spirituality in this extraordinary tale of awakening, fellowship and healing.
Author Sue Monk Kidd's 2001 novel "The Secret Life of Bees" received critical acclaim and was a New York Times bestseller. The book was later was adapted into a 2008 film. The musical's book writer, Lynn Nottage, is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright for her play "Sweat." Tony and Grammy Award winner Duncan Sheik is best known as the composer of the Broadway musicals "Spring Awakening" and "American Psycho."
The cast is led by Tony nominee Saycon Sengbloh ("Eclipsed," "Hair") as Rosaleen and Elizabeth Teeter ("The Audience," "The Crucible") as Lily. The principal cast also includes Tony winner LaChanze ("The Color Purple"), Eisa Davis, and Anastacia McCleskey as the Boatwight beekeeping sisters, along with Tony nominee Manoel Felciano ("Sweeney Todd"), Brett Gray, Jai'Len Christine Li Josey, Romelda Teron Benjamin, Joe Cassidy, Vita E. Cleveland, Matt DeAngelis, and Nathaniel Stampley. Tony winner Sam Gold ("Fun Home") directs.What's the Atlantic Theater Company?
Based in a converted church on the western edge of Chelsea and a smaller space on West 16th Street, this long-running Off Broadway group stages plays in the intimate, realistic style developed by its founders, David Mamet and William H. Macy. Several highly-regarded Broadway productions started out here, including the Tony winning musical "Spring Awakening." Earthy yet cosmopolitan. More here