Dessa Rose, Traf Studios 2014 (courtesy Scott Rylander)
Dessa Rose. Cynthia Erivo said: ‘I am so excited to be part of this production. We have a great cast and it is a gift of a role for me to play.’ 3 Dessa Rose is based on the book by Sherley Anne Williams with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island, Seussical, Rocky The Musical) who have won Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards and Outer Critics Circle Awards and been nominated for Grammys, Academy Awards and a Golden Globe. This powerful and moving story, set in 1846 in the ante-‐bellum South, follows two young women on their journey to acceptance. With elements of blues, folk, hymns and gospel, Dessa Rose perfectly blends history and fiction. Passionate and innocent Dessa Rose is a young slave faced with a barrage of hardships because of the colour of her skin. While Ruth, a young white mother, faces difficulties because of her gender. Through this extraordinary tale Ruth and Dessa discover the value of unconditional friendship and establish a deep and lasting.
Cynthia Erivo (I Can’t Sing!, The Color Purple) returns to the West End alongside Cassidy Janson (Avenue Q, Wicked, Candide) in the European premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Dessa Rose. Multi-‐award winning director Andrew Keates said: ‘In an age of casting inappropriate celebrities just to sell seats, we are very proud to have collected together some of our finest actors, who work in musical theatre, to serve this extraordinary story and indeed respect musical theatre as an art form. Quite simply, I couldn’t have asked for a better cast.’
Info: Dessa Rose is at Trafalgar Studios from 29 July to 30 August 2014 / book tickets