The Black Crook: An Original, Magical and Spectacular Musical Drama

A year after the Civil War ended, on September 12, 1866, The Black Crook opened at Niblo’s Garden on Broadway and Prince Street. The show featured a melodrama about a painter who sells his soul to a Sorcerer and mashed together dance numbers by a Parisian ballet troupe set to popular music. It ran a whopping five hours, boasting 100 performers and was the beginning of Broadway as we know it. 

In September 2016, The Black Crook returns to its downtown roots to celebrate its 150th anniversary, marking the rumored birth of the American Musical. With new tex and new songs, a team of only eight actor / musician / dancers will perform the full 1866 musical and bring the biggest of all American spectacles into the tiniest of spaces. From Broadway to East Broadway, 150 years later, The Black Crook returns!

Writer: Charles M. Barras
Director: Joshua William Gelb
Artistic Producer: Moe Yousuf

Featuring: Randy Blair*, Alaina Ferris, Lizzie Hagstedt*, Steven Rattazzi*, Jessie Shelton*, Christopher Tocco, Kate Weber* and Merlin Whitehawk*
Arrangements and Additional Compositions: Alaina Ferris and Justin Levine
Musical Director: Alaina Ferris
Choreographer: Katie Rose McLaughlin
Costume Designer: Normandy Sherwood
Lighting Designer: Bradley King
Scenic Designer: Carolyn Mraz
Sound Designer: Matt Stine
Stage Manager: Elena Chapman
Technical Director / Production Manager: Aaron Minerbrook
Assistant Director / Associate Stage Manager: Sam Silbiger
Dramaturgy & Additional text: Dan O’Neill

 *Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes with an intermission | This performance is suitable for all ages.

Please note there is no late seating for this performance.

Talkbacks after performances will be held on: Wednesday, September 21; Wednesday, September 29; Wednesday, October 5

September 21 Talkback Featuring:
Marvin Carlson, Phd – Distinguished Professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY
Doug Reside, PhD – Digital Curator of the NYPL of the Performing Arts Billy Rose Theatre Division
Barrie Gelles – Doctoral Candidate at The Graduate Center, CUNY & Moderator of the Event

September 28 Talkback Featuring:
Musical theater history talkback with Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812) and composer and lyricist Michael Friedman (The Fortess of Solitude, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson), curated by Jennifer Tepper

October 5 Talkback Featuring:
Benjamin Feldman, author of “East in Eden: William Niblo & His Please Garden of Yore.”