“Moonlight” Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney Bringing Gay Play To Broadway

“Choir Boy” is set in an elite boarding school for black men.

Tarell Alvin McCraney, co-writer and executive producer of the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight, will make his Broadway debut later this year, Playbill reports.

Directed by Trip Cullman, the Broadway premiere of McCraney’s Choir Boy will be part of Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2018–19 season. The coming-of-age drama was originally commissioned by MTC and opened off-Broadway in 2013.

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Set in a prestigious boarding school for black men and featuring gospel songs, Choir Boy centers on Pharus, a passionate young choir leader whose effeminate behavior invites homophobic taunts from his classmates and contempt from his headmaster.

In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, McCraney’s unpublished semi-autobiographical play about a poor black man growing up gay in Florida, became the basis for Moonlight, written and directed by Barry Jenkins.

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McCraney and Jenkins won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. In his acceptance speech, McCraney dedicated the award “to all those black and brown boys and girls and non-gender conforming who don’t see themselves.” Moonlight also became the first LGBT-themed film and the first film with an all-black cast to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

McCraney is currently the chair of the playwriting department at the Yale School of Drama. His other plays include Head of Passes, Wig Out!, and the Brother/Sister Plays.

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He has also signed on to write Cyrano the Moor, a live-action Disney musical, and co-executive produce a new drama series for OWN.

Choir Boy begins Broadway performances December 27 and opens January 22, 2019.

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