Broadway Closing: CHICKEN & BISCUITS (Circle in the Square)

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by Tony Frankel on November 15, 2021

in Theater-New York


Following the recent announcement of a temporary suspension of performances due to COVID-19 cases within the company, producers of the Broadway play Chicken & Biscuits announce that the production will resume performances on Friday, November 19, 2021, before playing a final performance of its limited engagement at Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50th Street) on Sunday, November 28, 2021.  Tickets are on sale now at Telecharge/212-239-6200. Tickets purchased for cancelled performances will be refunded at the point of purchase.

Michael Urie. Photo by Jenny Anderson.

Chicken & Biscuits, the new comedy play by Douglas Lyons which made its Broadway premiere at Circle in the Square Theatre with eighteen Broadway debuts amongst the company, creative, and producing team started previews on September 23, 2021 with an Opening Night on October 10, 2021.

A Statement from the Broadway Producers of Chicken & Biscuits:

We are deeply appreciative of the outpouring of love and good thoughts for the company and show; the health and safety of our company must be paramount and so we have made the difficult decision to suspend performances through Thursday, November 18, so that the entire company can assuredly return in great form and health on Friday, November 19.

Due to the significant financial impact of the show cancellations, Chicken & Biscuits will need to play the final performance of its Broadway engagement on Sunday, November 28. We make this decision with a very heavy heart, as this production has brought so much joy into our lives during a very challenging time. We witnessed first-hand the delights, surprises, laughter, and representation it bestowed upon a diverse and welcoming audience. We are so proud of, and honored to have worked alongside, the phenomenal talent on and off stage – more than 30 of whom made their Broadway debuts – and of the play’s magnificent and brilliant leaders, playwright Douglas Lyons and director Zhailon Levingston.

This is certainly not the final bow for this groundbreaking work, or its players. We are incredibly excited about the future plans for Chicken & Biscuits, for which we have seen great demand from touring companies and regional theaters. We are so grateful to the entire theater industry and the generous audiences for embracing the play so whole-heartedly. It has been an inspiring experience, and it’s why we are adamant Chicken & Biscuits returns in great health on November 19 with this divine original Broadway company, to complete this Broadway run on the high note it deserves.

Norm Lewis. Photo by Peter Hurley.

The cast included Norm Lewis and Michael Urie and Broadway veteran NaTasha Yvette Williams and — both in their Broadway debuts — Cleo King and Devere Rogers. Reprising their roles from the play’s world premiere at Queens Theatre, and also making their Broadway stage debuts, are Ebony Marshall-Oliver, Aigner Mizzelle, and Alana Raquel Bowers. (Joining the company as understudies are Dean Acree, Jennifer Fouché, Michael Genet, Miles G Jackson and Camille Upshaw).

L to R: Cleo King, Alana Raquel Bowers, Ebony Marshall-Oliver,
Aigner Mizzelle, Devere Rogers, Natasha Yvette Williams

This dynamic ensemble cast leads a raucous family comedy so full of laughter and love, it’ll leave you begging for seconds. The Jenkins family is coming together to celebrate the life of their father — hopefully without killing each other. But any hopes for a peaceful reunion unravel when a family secret shows up at the funeral. Chicken & Biscuits had its world premiere on February 28, 2020 at Queens Theatre, but the engagement was cut short less than two weeks later, when the theater industry suspended operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zhailon Levingston.

Directed by Zhailon Levingston, who became the youngest black director in Broadway history when he made his debut at age 27, the creative team also included Scenic Designer Lawrence E. Moten III, Costume Designer Dede Ayite, Lighting Designer Adam Honoré, and Sound Designer Twi McCallum.

Douglas Lyons. Photo by Shani Hadjian.

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