Alicia Keys’ musical, Hell’s Kitchen, will come to Broadway this spring.
The musical, which features a score by Keys and a book by Kristoffer Diaz, made its world premiere at the Public Theater this fall and is currently running there through Jan. 14. The show will transfer to the Shubert Theater on Broadway starting March 28, with an opening night on April 20.
Hell’s Kitchen also features music consulting by Tom Kitt, choreography by Camille A. Brown and direction by Michael Greif. The story follows a 17-year-old growing up in Hell’s Kitchen, which Keys notes mirrors her own biography, even though it’s not exact. Keys’ AKW Productions is a producer on the show.
“Good things take time and for 13 years, I’ve been dreaming, developing and finding inspiration for a musical based on my experience growing up in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. Hell’s Kitchen is inspired by my life, but it’s not a biographical story. It’s a story about family relationships and identity: Who are we? Who do we want to be? Who are we becoming?” Keys said. “The score features new songs that I’m really excited to get out into the world alongside many of my album releases that you know but you’ve never heard like this – rearranged and reinterpreted.”
The Broadway cast has not yet been announced. The Off-Broadway cast includes Shoshana Bean, Maleah Joi Moon, Brandon Victor Dixon, Kecia Lewis, Chris Lee and Vanessa Ferguson.
The creative team includes scenic design by Robert Brill, costume design by Dede Ayite and lighting design by Natasha Katz.
The musical takes over the Shubert Theater from Some Like It Hot, a best musical nominee last season, which announced it will close Dec. 30.