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Broadbend, Arkansas
A world premiere musical about the tiniest things you can't see
Friday, November 1, 2019 at 7:30PM

The Duke at 42nd Street
229 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
42nd Street and 7th Avenue


Book and Lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh & Harrison Rivers

Music and Additional Lyrics by Ted Shen

Directed by Jack Cummings III

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. Libretto by Ellen Fitzhugh & Harrison David Rivers, Music by Ted Shen. Directed by Obie Award winner Jack Cummings III. Produced in association with The Public Theater.


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