This production was staged as part of our 2013/14 Season

Choir Boy

Choir Boy

September 20 to October 13, 2013 | On the Hertz Stage
Part of the Hertz Series

For mature audiences only. This show contains brief frontal nudity.

A new play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" grant recipient, class of 2013

"...[Choir Boy] sings with smarts and heart." – Variety

A coming of age story about a different kind of boy. Pharus’s confidence, charisma, clarity of purpose, and talent belie the struggle he endures at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys. His differences raise the ire of his classmates who lash out with slurs tinged with more than a little jealousy. His reactions land him in hot water with an administration that thinks Pharus is a problem but won’t acknowledge Pharus’s problem.

" exceptionally beautiful, heart-pummeling piece of theatre...McCraney is a ferocious talent.
Grade: A" – Atlanta Journal-Constitution review

But then there’s the music – gospel music at Drew is a tradition as old as the school itself, and that tradition is embodied in its vaunted choir. The choir gives Pharus some common ground, and it’s where he can stand out and be different without fear – because he’s the best.  

"As Pharus, [Jeremy] Pope gives a magnetic, moving performance..." – The New York Times review of the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Choir Boy

In the years since the world premiere of In the Red and Brown Water took Atlanta by storm, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney has been produced in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, the Bay Area, and London among many others. This is the American premiere of one of his latest works. Choir Boy is a co-production with the Manhattan Theatre Club.  

"Choir Boy" is [McCraney's] crispest and most confident work." – New York Daily News

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Cast & Crew


  • Junior Davis
    Nicholas is thrilled to be performing the role of Junior in Choir Boy at the Alliance Theatre after the critically acclaimed production at the Manhattan Theatre Club in... read more »
  • Bobby Marrow
    Alliance debut! Joshua is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Some of his credits... read more »
  • David Heard
    Caleb is humbled to be part of such an incredible production as Choir Boy. A proud graduate of the B.F.A Acting Conservatory at SUNY Purchase, this is Caleb's... read more »
  • Understudy for Pharus Jonathan Young/Junior Davis
    Victor is excited to be working with the Alliance Theatre again fresh from a staged reading of Tarell McCraney's Wig Out. Both a choreographer and performer, Victor... read more »
  • Understudy for Mr. Pendleton
    Patrick was in the Alliance Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz (Uncle Henry), and Choir Boy (US Mr. Pendleton.) Other favorite performances include All Blues... read more »
  • Understudy for Headmaster Marrow
    Kevin is enthralled to work with the Alliance Theatre. O’Hara’s Stage & Theatre credits include: Porgy & Bess (Atlanta Opera); Salute to Motown... read more »
  • Pharus
    Jeremy is grateful to be making his Alliance Theatre debut in Choir Boy. He created the role of Pharus in the New York production at The Manhattan Theatre Club. He is a... read more »
  • Mr. Pendleton
    Scott was recently featured in the HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce, playing Mr. Rand opposite Kate Winslet. He last appeared on Broadway as Herr Schultz in the award... read more »
  • Anthony Justin James
    John is so happy and grateful to return to the A Christmas Carol family. He recently closed Choir Boy at the Alliance, and understudied Choir... read more »
  • Headmaster Marrow
    Charles is happy to be back at the Alliance Theatre in Choir Boy having last appeared here in Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL. He performed the role of Headmaster... read more »
  • Understudy for Anthony Justin "AJ" James/Bobby Marrow/David Heard
    Alex is proud to be working with Alliance Theatre again after understudying for Choir Boy and Shrek last fall. His Atlanta credits include Robin Hood, Petite Rouge: The... read more »


  • Lighting Design
    Broadway: more than 45 plays and musicals including the upcoming Waiting for Godot/No Man’s Land double bill, The Assembled Parties, Breakfast at Tiffany’s,... read more »
  • Playwright
    Tarell is best known for his trilogy The Brothers Sisters Plays which includes In the Red and Brown Water. That play received its world premiere in the... read more »
  • Sound Design
    Fitz has designed and scored more than 260 productions in 20 cities across the US, and was the designer for I'll Eat You Last, featuring Bette Midler at The... read more »
  • Music Director/Vocal Arranger
    Dove Award winner, two-time Stellar Award nominee; Arranger: “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (2013 Inauguration of President Barack Obama); Broadway (Associate... read more »
  • Stage Manager
    Rodney is an Atlanta native. Rodney studied theatre at Florida A&M University’s Essential Theatre. His 13-year tenure at the Alliance has included stage... read more »
  • Set & Costume Design
    Alliance Theatre: costumes for The Game of Love and Chance. Broadway: sets and costumes for Seminar, costumes for Picnic, The Other Place, Other Desert Cities, Good... read more »


  • Director
    Select NYC: Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy (MTC), Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash’s Murder Ballad (MTC and Union Square Theater), Paul Weitz's Lonely,... read more »

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