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The Fortress of Solitude, starring Adam Chanler-Berat, André De Shields, Kyle Beltran, Kevin Mambo, Rebecca Naomi Jones ends extended run 11/16; Ghostlight to Record Cast Album

The Company of The Fortress of Solitude. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The Company of The Fortress of Solitude. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Don’t miss the critically acclaimed Off-broadway production of The Fortress of Solitude, the world premiere musical that features a book by Itamar Moses and music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, which plays its final performance on Sunday, November 16th. A co-production with Dallas Theater Center, The Fortress of Solitude, began previews on September 30th at The Public Theater and was set to close on November 2nd before the extension was announced. Ghostlight Records will record the original cast album of The Fortress of Solitude on November 18-19 for release later this season, reports Broadwayworld.com. Click here to read the full article.

Adam Chanler-Berat and Kyle Beltran with Akron Watson, Kevin Mambo, Juson Williams, and Britton Smith. Photo Credit: Doug Hamilton

Adam Chanler-Berat and Kyle Beltran with Akron Watson, Kevin Mambo, Juson Williams, and Britton Smith. Photo Credit: Doug Hamilton

Conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin, the complete cast of The Fortress of Solitude features Ken Barnett (Abraham Ebdus); Kyle Beltran (Mingus); Adam Chanler-Berat (Dylan); André De Shields (Senior); Carla Duren (Marilla); Rebecca Naomi Jones (Lala, Abby); Jahi Kearse (Raf, Henry, Desmond, Jared); Kevin Mambo (Junior); Malaiyka Reid (Swing); Stephane Duret (Swing); David Rossmer (Arthur); Conor Ryan (Radio Guy, Mike, Gabe); Kristen Sieh (Rachel Ebdus); Britton Smith (Subtle Distinction); Brian Tyree Henry (Robert) Akron Watson (Subtle Distinction); Alison Whitehurst (Skater Girl, Liza); and Juson Williams (Subtle Distinction).

Adam Chanler-Berat, Kevin Mambo, André De Shields, Kyle Beltran. Photo by Lia Chang

Adam Chanler-Berat, Kevin Mambo, André De Shields, Kyle Beltran. Photo by Lia Chang

Based on the nationally best-selling novel of the same name by 2005 MacArthur Fellow Jonathan Lethem, this soaring new musical The Fortress of Solitude features a dynamite creative team including composer/lyricist Michael Friedman (Love’s Labour’s Lost, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and bookwriter Itamar Moses.

The Rude Dynasty- Kevin Mambo, André De Shields and Kyle Beltran. Photo by Lia Chang

The Rude Dynasty- Kevin Mambo, André De Shields and Kyle Beltran. Photo by Lia Chang

Rebecca Naomi Jones and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Rebecca Naomi Jones and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The Fortress of Solitude is the extraordinary coming-of-age story about 1970s Brooklyn and beyond – of black and white, soul and rap, block parties and blackouts, friendship and betrayal, comic books and 45s. And the story of what would happen if two teenagers obsessed with superheroes believed that maybe, just maybe, they could fly.

The Fortress of Solitude features scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Robert Kaplowitz, projection design by Jeff Sugg, and hair and wig design by Leah Loukas.

What the critics are saying about The Fortress of Solitude.
“Every so often, but not often enough, we stumble on a new musical that fills a need we didn’t even know we had. THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE is an EXUBERANT, ALTOGETHER ENGROSSING and MOVING socio-pop musical… a witty, sensitive book by ITAMAR MOSES and a score by MICHAEL FRIEDMAN that samples 25 years of hit soul, punk and hip-hop while managing to sound both ORIGINAL and AUTHENTIC.”
Newsday

“A BIG-HEARTED MUSICAL. A natural choice for musical adaptation… The novel SINGS to begin with. The score flows in undulating RIVERS OF SOUL, FUNK, PUNK and RAP, with harmonic clashes and convergences of all of the above that are MICHAEL FRIEDMAN’s own.”
The New York Times

“THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE SOARS. ORIGINAL, FRESH & FASCINATING. ONE OF THE BEST MUSICALS OF THE YEAR.  ADAM CHANLER-BERAT proves himself A STAR.” 
Huffington Post

“DANIEL AUKIN’s staging is DYNAMIC and ENGAGING. A MUSICAL VALENTINE to a lost era.”
New York Post

“EXTRAORDINARY & TIMELESS. A blood-pumping, heart-thumping show! KYLE BELTRAN is MAGNETIC. Whatever he sings sounds HEAVENLY. A BEAUTIFUL performance by KEVIN MAMBO.”
Variety

“Two FIRST-RATE WORDSMITHS, playwright ITAMAR MOSES and songwriter MICHAEL FRIEDMAN AIM HIGH to leave their personal mark, and take musical theater in BRAVE NEW DIRECTIONS.”
Time Out New York

“A TALENTED CAST at the TOP OF THEIR GAME.”
New York Arts Review

Single tickets, starting at $80, can be purchased by calling (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. Rush tickets are available for $20, starting at 6 P.M. The Library at The Public is open nightly for food and drinks, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and Joe’s Pub at The Public continues to offer some of the best music in the city.


Other articles about André De Shields:
Nov. 17: Chapman Roberts, Loretta Abbott, André De Shields, David Greer, Norm Lewis, Cherine Anderson, Lawrence Evans, Colby Christina & Nicholas A. Jenkins to Receive Special AUDELCO Awards
Photos: André De Shields, Adam Chanler-Berat, Jose Llana, Kevin Mambo, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Kyle Beltran, Kim Brockington and More at The Fortress of Solitude 
The Fortress of Solitude starring André De Shields, Adam Chanler-Berat, Kevin Mambo, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Kyle Beltran & More at The Public
Mar. 7-Apr. 6: André De Shields, Adam Chanler-Berat, Kyle Beltran, Kevin Mambo and More Set for DTC’s World Premiere Musical The Fortress of Solitude,  A Co-Production with The Public Theater 
Two-time Tony Nominee and Emmy Winner André De Shields Performs FREDERICK DOUGLASS: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory and Speaks on The Wisdome of The Ancient Art of Storytelling at AFP 2014: Change Through Stories, Sept. 8-9, 2014
Aug. 14: André De Shields, Keith David, Tony Plana, Hill Harper, Armando Riesco, Kevin Mambo, Colman Domingo, and Peter McRobbie Set for Staged Reading of Toast By Lemon Andersen at Guild Hall
Dinner with André De Shields at Chez Josephine
Photos & Video: The Wiz’s André De Shields Sang “So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard” in The Black Stars of The Great White Way Broadway Reunion: Live The Dream at Carnegie Hall
Nov. 16: Conversations with the Divine with Owais Ahmed, Baize Buzan, Kathryn Cesarz, Kamal Hans, Brian Grey, Donica Lynn, Patrese McClain and Miranda Zola at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater
Photos: André De Shields, Michael Shannon, Rajiv Joseph, Christine Sherrill, Doug Peck, Alexis J. Rogers, Karen Ziemba and More Celebrate 2013 Jeff Equity Awards
Click here for more articles on André De Shields.

Other articles by Lia Chang:
Q & A with Playwright Camille Darby, 2014-15 Dramatists Guild Playwrighting Fellow
Stephen Adly Guirgis to Receive the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award at the Seventh Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards on November 17
Nov. 17: Chapman Roberts, Loretta Abbott, André De Shields, David Greer, Norm Lewis, Cherine Anderson, Lawrence Evans, Colby Christina & Nicholas A. Jenkins to Receive Special AUDELCO Awards
Photos: André De Shields, Adam Chanler-Berat, Jose Llana, Kevin Mambo, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Kyle Beltran, Kim Brockington and More at The Fortress of Solitude 
Six Questions for Melody Butiu, Currently Appearing as Estrella in David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim’s Here Lies Love at The Public
Costume Institute’s Spring 2015 Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum to Focus on Chinese Imagery in Art, Film, and Fashion, May 7–August 16, 2015
Signature Theatre Presents World Premiere of OUR LADY OF KIBEHO by Katori Hall through December 7, 2014
Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home From The Wars, Extends at The Public Theater through November 30
Opening Night Photos: Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) by Suzan-Lori Parks at The Public Theater
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Multimedia: Ambassador Attalah Shabazz, Tomie Arai, Jamal Joseph, Janice Robinson, Soh Daiko, Taiyo Na and More Celebrate the Life of Yuri Kochiyama in New York
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Photos: Art Salon with Artist Yang Chihung and Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang at New-York Historical Society
Geoffrey Holder, Artist, Dancer, Choreographer, Two-Time Tony Award-winning Director and Costume Designer for The Wiz, Dies at 84; Son Pens Intimate Account of Last Days
Photos: Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion on View through April 19, 2015 at New York Historical Society
Coming to America through The Angel Island Immigration Station
Joe Mantegna to Helm ‘Criminal Minds’ Season 10 Episode to Honor the late Meshach Taylor
Joe Mantegna, Delta Burke, Gerald McRaney, President Bill Clinton and More Remember Meshach Taylor
Late Night Singing with Garth Kravits at 54 Below with The Skivvies, at Jim Caruso’s Cast Party at Birdland and Michael Raye’s Soul Gathering
Photos: Maxine Hong Kingston, Billie Tsien, Bill T. Jones, Linda Ronstadt, John Kander, Julia Alvarez, Jeffrey Katzenberg Receive 2013 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama 
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Lia Chang Photo by GK

Lia Chang Photo by GK

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York.

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