Twelve-time Tony-nominated musical (including Best Musical) The Life tells the story of Queen, and her fellow sex workers, who strive for a better life against all oppressive forces in post-disco Times Square. The production includes cast member from the original Broadway production Chuck Cooper as Old Jojo, Grammy-nominee Mykal Kilgore as Young JoJo, Grammy Award-winner Ledisi as Sonja, and Broadway’s Ken Robinson as Fleetwood.
Emmy and Tony Award-winning artist Billy Porter (Pose, Kinky Boots) reclaims this musical as the production’s adapter and director to bring forth the gritty, dangerous, and exciting decadence of 1980s New York City.
The Life is part of the 2022 Encores! season, our beloved, Tony-honored series of revivals celebrating American musical theater—now in its 28th year. Check out the rest of the season: The Tap Dance Kid (Feb 2 – 6, 2022) and Into the Woods (May 4 – 15, 2022).
Programming subject to change.
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Ira Gasman
Book by David Newman, Ira Gasman, and Cy Coleman
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Adapted and directed by Billy Porter
Featuring Chuck Cooper, Mykal Kilgore, Ledisi, and Ken Robinson
Encores! Artistic Leadership
Lear deBessonet | Artistic Director
Rob Berman | Music Director
Clint Ramos | Producing Creative Director
Josh Clayton | Supervisor of Music Administration & Score Restoration
Adrian Alea | Creative Associate
Camille A. Brown, Eisa Davis, and Robert O'Hara
Producer of Musical Theater
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Leadership Support for Encores!
Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater
Major Support for Encores! is provided by
Encores! Season Sponsors
Roz and Jerry Meyer
The Shubert Foundation
Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores!
Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust
Additional support for Encores! is provided by
Marta Heflin Foundation
The Kaplen Brothers Fund
The Frederick Loewe Foundation
Daryl and Steven Roth
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.
The SHS Foundation
The Ted Snowdon Foundation
Art by Ben Wiseman