SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR
THE BILLY STRAYHORN STORY
Play with Music for Broadway (Jazz, Civil Rights, Gay Identity)
Written by Rob Zellers
Billy Strayhorn, an often-overlooked giant in the history of jazz, had a life was filled with beauty and richness — from his youth in poverty in Pittsburgh, through the fateful first meeting with Duke Ellington, the turmoil and triumphs of the Civil Rights movement, the challenge of living in his era as an openly gay black man, and his struggles to forge a career and a legacy as a composer.
A developmental reading starred Tony,/Grammy/Emmy Award-winner Billy Porter with Renee Elise Goldsberry, Norm Lewis and Nathan Darrow.
World premiere slated for 2020-21 season.