Choir Boy Cast Announced

November 23, 2022

Riverside Theatres has today announced the cast of National Theatre of Parramatta’s Australian premiere season of Choir Boy, by the Academy Award® winning writer of Moonlight, Tarell Alvin-McCraney. The production will premiere at Riverside Theatres Parramatta in association with Sydney WorldPride 2023 from 14th February 2023, before seasons in Brisbane, Canberra and Wollongong.

Choir Boy is a Tony Award® nominated play – threaded throughout with soul-stirring a cappella gospel hymns. It is a moving story of sexuality, race, hope, gospel music, and a young gay man finding his voice. The play premiered in 2012 at London’s Royal Court Theatre, before seasons across the USA and a successful Broadway production.

Determined to make his mark, Pharus Young is hell-bent on being the best choir leader in the 50-year history of Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys. In a world built on dusty rites and rituals, how can he maintain his shine while trying to conform to masculine expectations and gain the respect of the choristers he leads?

National Theatre of Parramatta are thrilled to present a stellar cast featuring international musical theatre performer Darron Hayes (Denver Centre for Performing Arts’ Choir Boy)
alongside Gareth Dutlow (professional debut), Abu Kebe (professional debut), Tawanda Muzenda (professional debut), Cleave Williams (The Sapphires), Theo Williams (Antipodes
Theatre Company’s Passing Strange) and Zarif (Lonesome).

Directors Dino Dimitriadis (Overflow, Cleansed) and Zindzi Okenyo (seven methods of killing kylie jenner, Orange Thrower) lead a sensational Australian and International team, presenting Academy Award® winner Tarell Alvin McCraney’s (Moonlight) delicate, brutal script. Music Direction by Allen René Louis (Broadway Inspirational Voices) blends the language of high school hallways with the soulful sounds of gospel for an unforgettable night at the theatre.

Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta is committed creating opportunities for artists to find their way to the world and back. As part of this commitment, they are thrilled to combine
an astonishing group of Australian and International talent. NTofP nurtures creative communities that speak with authentic, future-focused, inclusive voices for modern, global audiences.

Choir Boy acknowledges the support of the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

Playwright Tarell Alvin-McCraney Directors Dino Dimitriadis & Zindzi Okenyo Musical
Director Allen René Louis Costume & Set Designer James Browne Lighting Designer Karen
Norris Sound Designer Brendon Boney Choreographer Tarik Frimpong Dialect Coach Angela
Sullen Stage Manager Adrienne Patterson Casting Director Rhys Velasquez, Evolution Casting
Associate Musical Director Zara Stanton Intimacy Director Cessalee Stovall

Starring Darron Hayes, Gareth Dutlow, Abu Kebe, Tawanda Muzenda, Cleave Williams, Theo
Williams, Zarif