University of the Arts Presents 'Dessa Rose' in Philadelphia Premiere

Acclaimed musical runs April 28 – 30 at the Arts Bank Theater

April 25, 2011

Acclaimed Off-Broadway musical "Dessa Rose" had its Philadelphia premiere from the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts this month.

Performances continue at the Arts Bank Theater (610 S. Broad Street) April 28 – 30, with evening performances at 8 p.m. and weekend matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

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Adapted from the 1986 novel of an unlikely friendship between a runaway slave and the wife of a plantation owner in the pre-Civil War South, the original New York production earned an Obie and a Drama Desk Award for Tony-winning UArts alumna LaChanze for her performance in the title role.

Composed and written by award-winning collaborators Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, "Dessa Rose" has been called "a thought-provoking drama told by one of the musical theater's most talented writing teams," and features American roots music, including blues, folk, hymns and gospel.

Above: AJ Lockhart '14 (Musical Theater) as Nehemiah and Adrienne Brown '12 (Musical Theater) as Dessa Rose.

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