Brooklyn the Musical (or BKLYN the Musical) was a musical which opened on Broadway in 2004. Playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, previews began on September 21 and main performances began on October 4. The show closed on June 26, 2005 for almost a year; the show opened again and a national tour began on June 11, 2006.
The show is set on a street corner located underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, where five street-corner singers tell a sidewalk fairy tale about a young girl who comes to Brooklyn (which also happens to be her name) to use her newfound fame to try and find her father.
The musical's book, music, and lyrics were all written by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson. Jeff Calhoun was the director.
The original cast consisted of Eden Espinosa as the leading role (Brooklyn), Kevin Anderson as her father (Taylor Collins), Cleavant Derricks as the Street Singer, Karen Olivo as Brooklyn's mother (Faith), and Ramona Keller as the story's antagonist (Paradice). The cast also starred Manoel Felciano, Caren Lyn Manuel, Julie Reiber, Horace V. Rogers, and Haneefah Wood.
Cities and dates for the 2006 tour have been announced. On tour, Diana DeGarmo of American Idol fame is currently starring as Brooklyn, the title character, with Lonna Marie Spitaleri as her understudy. Melba Moore is playing Paradice; Cleavant Derricks is recreating his role as the Street Singer; Lee Morgan is playing Brooklyn's father (Taylor Collins); and Julie Reiber is playing Brooklyn's mother (Faith).
The current schedule for the Brooklyn National Tour:
Saint Paul, MN
June 11-17, 2006
June 20-25, 2006
July 11-16, 2006
July 25-August 6, 2006
Music Hall at Fair Park
San Jose, CA
August 9-13, 2006
American Musical Theatre of San Jose