Alicia Keys is headed to Broadway – as a producer. The Grammy winner has added her name to the fall premiere of Lydia R. Diamond’s critically-acclaimed play Stick Fly, which follows an affluent African-American family who come together for a summer weekend at their Martha’s Vineyard home. The adult sons – an aspiring novelist and a plastic surgeon – each bring their ladies (one black, one white) to meet the parents. “Food, drink and Trivial Pursuit tangle with class, race, and identity politics in this contemporary comedy of manners,” the synopsis promises.
“This is a story that everybody can relate to,” Keys says in a statement. “I’m passionate about this play because it is so beautifully written and portrays Black America in a way that we don’t often get to see in entertainment. I know it will touch all audiences, who will find a piece of themselves somewhere inside this house.”
Stick Fly, directed by Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun), will open Dec. 8 at the Lyceum Theatre. Previews begin Nov. 18.