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Uzo Aduba to lead The Secret Life of Bees musical Workshop

Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba will headline a workshop of The Secret Life of Bees.

The highly anticipated workshop production will be held on 27-30 July 2017 at Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s 33rd Powerhouse Season in Poughkeepsie, New York.

The cast will also feature Eisa Davis (House of Cards, Passing Strange) as June, Sophia Anne Caruso (Lazarus, The Nether) as Lily, Kecia Lewis (Dreamgirls, The Drowsy Chaperone) as August, Ben Davis (La Bohème, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as T. Ray, and Odiseas Georgiadis as Zach, with an ensemble featuring Akron Watson (The Color Purple), Rory Donovan (Finding Neverland, Elf), and Peter Matthew Smith (Hairspray, Rent).

The musical stage adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Sue Monk Kidd, features a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat, Ruined) music by Tony Award winner Duncan Sheik(Spring Awakening), lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, and directed by Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home).

The Secret Life of Bees is a coming-of-age story set in South Carolina in 1964. The story follows 14 year-old Lily Owens, struggling to live with her distant father and haunted by the death of her mother, she runs away with her caregiver to a town that might hold the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by the Boatwright sisters, she find solace and love in their world of beekeeping.


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