With the release of her ten-year anniversary edition of “Songs In A Minor,” many of Alicia Keys’ fans have been reflecting on her career so far. But the singer is looking forward to her future, expanding on her talents and applying them to a new sphere.
The singer will be entering the world of Broadway producers, signing on to help with Lydia R. Diamond’s play “Stick Fly” this fall. The play follows an affluent black on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard and explores their fortune, insecurities and true selves.
A professor at Boston University, Diamond has worked on several theatre adaptations including, Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye.” After taking “Stick Fly” to Chicago and Washington, D.C., she will be bringing the play to New York, the biggest market of all with support from Alicia Keys. Directed by “Fences” and “A Raisin In The Sun” director Kenny Lyons, “Stick Fly” will begin its Broadway run starting with performances at Lyceum Theatre on 45th Street on Nov. 18. The official opening night will be Dec. 8.
Alicia now joins the ranks of stars like Jay-Z, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, who were part of the production team of the historical afro-beat musical “Fela!”
In a statement on working on Diamond’s “Stick Fly” project, Alicia said:
“I’m passionate about this play because it is so beautifully written and portrays black America in a way that we don’t often get to see in entertainment. I know it will touch all audiences who will find a piece of themselves somewhere inside this house.”