Full casting has been revealed for Vineyard Theatre and Second Stage Theater's upcoming co-production of the world premiere run of White Girl in Danger, the new musical from A Strange Loop Tony and Pulitzer winner Michael R. Jackson. The previously announced production will begin March 14, 2023 at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theater, with opening night set for April 10.
The cast will include Liz Lark Brown as Diane W/Barbara W/Judith W, Kayla Davion as Florence, Latoya Edwards as Keesha Gibbs, Jennifer Fouché as Abilene, Morgan Siobhan Green as Caroline, Molly Hager as Megan White, Vincent Jamal Hooper as Tarik Blackwell, James Jackson, Jr. as Clarence, Tarra Conner Jones as Nell Gibbs, Alyse Alan Louis as Maegan Whitehall, Lauren Marcus as Maegan Whitehead, and Eric William Morris as Matthew S/Scott M/Zack Paul Gosselar.
The work transports audiences to soap opera town Allwhite, where Keesha Gibbs and the other "blackgrounds" look to center their own narratives while avoiding certain death at the hands of the Allwhite Killer. The work has been in development at the Vineyard through a multi-year residency for Jackson, and previously performed a developmental reading at New York Stage and Film.
LaDonna Burns, Melessie Clark, Alexis Cofield, Shane Donovan, Jon-Michael Reese, and Natalie Walker will round out the company as understudies.
Tony nominee Lileana Blain-Cruz (The Skin of Our Teeth) will direct the musical, and Raja Feather Kelly (A Strange Loop) is attached to choreograph. Further creative team is to be announced.
White Girl in Danger is the second Michael R. Jackson musical to get a major production. His first, A Strange Loop, won the Pulitzer and Best Musical Tony Awards following a 2019 Off-Broadway world premiere at Playwrights Horizons and a 2022 Broadway transfer. It is currently playing Broadway's Lyceum Theatre through January 15.