Music by Douglas Tappin
Monday, January 15 – 7:30 PM | Martin Luther King Jr. Day
A new rhythm and blues opera
The inspiring story of the famous preacher and iconic civil rights leader from Atlanta is brought to life in this deeply moving premiere performance that beautifully fuses opera with bluesy, jazzy, and gospel-tinged rhythms. In a stirring account of his most intimate moments shared with wife Coretta Scott King and close friend Ralph Abernathy, we discover that the themes of equality and justice from the Civil Rights Movement are echoed in our political sentiments today. Despite the well-chronicled tragedy that ended the preacher’s life 50 years ago, the audience is left beaming with the hope of his dream in their hearts.
Presented at Fountain Street Church
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Director: Danny Goldstein | Music Director: Jason Michael Webb
Language: Presented in English
For tickets, contact our Box Office at 616.451.2741 or purchase online at Ticketmaster. Season subscriptions on sale now. Single tickets go one sale August 15.
Adult tickets are $39. Student tickets just $5 for any performance.
Student tickets can be purchased prior to the performance day or at the door. Student ID required at the door.
Casting, repertoire and event details are subject to change without notice or refunds, but are specified in good faith as accurate and updated accordingly. Refunds not accepted.
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Director | Daniel Goldstein
Daniel Goldstein was most recently represented on Broadway by the revival of Godspell. He has directed over 100 plays and musicals worldwide, including work at major theaters across America and Asia.
His recent and upcoming projects include the Broadway: Godspell, Off Broadway: Walmartopia, Lower Ninth by Beau Willimon, Indoor/Outdoor; Regional: Venus in Fur, Falsettos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and God of Carnage (Huntington), Hello Dolly! and Damn Yankees (Goodspeed), Anna Christie (Old Globe), Artificial Fellow Traveler by Ethan Sandler (The Public New Work Now!, Ars Nova, Williamstown Theatre Festival, True West (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Miss Margarida’s Way (Bay Street Theatre, with Julie Halston). He is also developing and writing a solo show with Wayne Brady. More.
Music Director | Jason Michael Webb
Dove Award winner, two-time Stellar Award nominee; Arranger: “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (2013 Inauguration of President Barack Obama); Broadway (Associate Musical Director): Motown: The Musical, Leap of Faith, Memphis; Off-Broadway (Musical Director) Pasek & Paul’s Dogfight (2econd Stage); Pianist: Michael Bolton, Queens Symphony, Chaka Khan, Fantasia (2007 Tony Awards), Mariah Carey “Oh Santa!/All I Want for Christmas” [Island Records]); Orchestrator: Jacksonville Symphony, Nashville String Machine, Carnegie Hall; Composer: songs recorded by Israel Houghton, Martha Wash, Jonathan Butler, Mario Cantone, Reeve Carney; Producer: Brooklyn Tabernacle (three albums), Tshidi Manye (Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway); Ephesians 3:17-19.
Meet the Cast | Quentin Earl Darrington—Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Broadway: Ragtime. Off-Broadway: The Secret Garden, Lincoln Center; A New Brain, NY City Center; Lost In the Stars, NY City Center; The Roar of the Greasepaint…, York Theatre Company. National Tours: Memphis, The Color Purple, The Lion King. Regional: Les Miserables, Drury Lane Theatre; Nicholas Nickleby, Orlando Shakes; Tarzan, the MUNY; Gee’s Bend, Cincinnati Playhouse; I Dream, Alliance Theatre; A Little Night Music, Sacramento Music Circus;Jacques Brel…, Straz PAC. LAKELAND, Tampa, Orlando, Broadway Dreams Foundation, All Saints Academy, Good Hope MB, GLORY TO GOD!
Meet the Cast | Victor Ryan Robertson—Hosea
American tenor Victor Ryan Robertson offers a versatile singing ability and style allowing him to cross seamlessly between genres. From opera repertoire to pop music, and everything in between, Robertson delights international audiences to critical acclaim. Of a recent performance of Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, The Arts Louisville raved: “Nemorino is played by the handsome Victor Ryan Robertson… His beautiful tenor and staggering ability to convey simple, soaring emotion is made very clear in Una furtiva lagrima; simple and moving.” This season, he will reprise his performance as Benny Paret Jr. in Champion with Washington National Opera and will reprise the role of Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Coeur d’Alene, Toledo Opera, Opera Carolina, and Santa Cruz Symphony. Mr. Robertson will also be making his Broadway debut this season in, “Broadway’s longest running musical,” The Phantom of the Opera. More.
I DREAM envisions a renewing of Dr. King’s dream and his message at a time of deep divisions in our culture. Set in two acts of one-hour running time each, the action takes place over the last thirty-six hours of Dr. King’s life in Memphis, with flashbacks to the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement and to Dr. King and Coretta’s journey together.