Chandler Center for the Arts to Premiere New Musical, ‘NORTH’

Chandler joins three cities nationwide to produce a brand-new musical, “NORTH.” Filled with upbeat, jazz and Black roots music, the theatrical production set against the backdrop of the Underground Railroad will play at Chandler Center for the Arts on Nov. 4-5.

“NORTH” follows Lawrence and his mother, Minnie, as they escape the Deep South and travel North through the Underground Railroad to freedom. With a route that takes them through Louisiana’s bayous, the bustling city of New Orleans, and the young town of Lawrence, Kansas, the original music reflects the optimism, bravery and suspense of freedom seekers.

The new musical was created and directed by composer, musician and singer Ashli St. Armant. Stage veteran Isaiah Johnson, who starred in “Hamilton” and “The Color Purple” on Broadway, is the creative producer.

“NORTH: The Musical” is co-commissioned by four performing arts centers from across the U.S.: the Lied Center of Lawrence, Kansas, Chandler Center for the Arts, the Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa, California, and Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio. It is the first time Chandler Center for the Arts has commissioned a work.

Audiences attending the 2022 premiere performances will be the first to see “NORTH: The Musical” before its 2023/24 Tour, which is setting its sights on Broadway. In addition to the public performances, Chandler Center for the Arts is holding discussions and events related to the creation of the production. “NORTH” will also be part of Chandler Center for the Arts educational programs with study guides, educator workshops, classroom visits and a student performance for area schools.

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