THE HARDER THEY COME
THE HARDER THEY COME
Book by Suzan-Lori Parks
Including Songs by Jimmy Cliff
Additional New Songs by Suzan-Lori Parks
Based upon the film, produced and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written with Trevor Rhone
Music Supervision, Orchestrations, and Arrangements by Kenny Seymour
Choreography by Edgar Godineaux
Co-Directed by Sergio Trujillo
Directed by Tony Taccone
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and The Public’s Writer-in-Residence, Suzan-Lori Parks, brings to The Public a new musical adaptation of the 1972 movie, THE HARDER THEY COME.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the breakthrough film, produced and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written with Trevor Rhone, tells the story of Ivan, a young singer who arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, eager to become a star. After falling in love and cutting a record deal with a powerful music mogul, Ivan soon learns that the game is rigged, and as he becomes increasingly defiant, he finds himself in a battle that threatens not only his life, but the very fabric of Jamaican society.
Featuring Grammy Award winner Jimmy Cliff’s hits, “You Can Get It If You Really Want” and "Many Rivers to Cross," former Artistic Director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre Tony Taccone directs this new musical, with co-direction by Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo and choreography by Edgar Godineaux.
THU 02/16 8:00 PM Joseph Papp Free Performance; Mask Required
FRI 02/17 8:00 PM
SAT 02/18 8:00 PM
SUN 02/19 8:00 PM
TUE 02/21 8:00 PM Mask Required
WED 02/22 8:00 PM
THU 02/23 8:00 PM
FRI 02/24 8:00 PM
SAT 02/25 2:00 PM Mask Required
SAT 02/25 8:00 PM
SUN 02/26 2:00 PM Mask Required
SUN 02/26 8:00 PM
TUE 02/28 8:00 PM Mask Required
WED 03/01 8:00 PM Partner Cocktail Reception. Please check your available benefits. RSVP to Partners Desk.
THU 03/02 8:00 PM
FRI 03/03 8:00 PM
SAT 03/04 2:00 PM Mask Required
SAT 03/04 8:00 PM
SUN 03/05 2:00 PM Mask Required
SUN 03/05 8:00 PM Community Night
TUE 03/07 8:00 PM Mask Required
WED 03/08 8:00 PM
THU 03/09 8:00 PM
FRI 03/10 8:00 PM
SAT 03/11 2:00 PM Mask Required
SAT 03/11 8:00 PM
SUN 03/12 2:00 PM Mask Required
SUN 03/12 8:00 PM
TUE 03/14 8:00 PM Mask Required
WED 03/15 8:00 PM Opening Night
THU 03/16 8:00 PM
FRI 03/17 8:00 PM
SAT 03/18 2:00 PM Open Caption; Mask Required
SAT 03/18 8:00 PM
SUN 03/19 2:00 PM Mask Required
SUN 03/19 8:00 PM
TUE 03/21 8:00 PM Mask Required
WED 03/22 8:00 PM
THU 03/23 8:00 PM
FRI 03/24 8:00 PM American Express Card Member performance, followed by a special post-show event. Access tickets by using your American Express Card.
SAT 03/25 2:00 PM Audio Described; Mask Required
SAT 03/25 8:00 PM
SUN 03/26 2:00 PM Mask Required
SUN 03/26 8:00 PM
TUE 03/28 8:00 PM Mask Required
WED 03/29 8:00 PM
THU 03/30 8:00 PM American Sign Language (ASL)
FRI 03/31 8:00 PM
Tickets start at $105, plus fees*
Public Supporter and Partner tickets start at $95
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The following dates are the Community Nights planned for this production. Please check back at a later date for more information on how to access the performance:
- Sunday, March 5, 8PM
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- Open Caption performance Saturday, March 18, 2PM
- Audio Description performance Saturday, March 25, 2PM
- American Sign Language performance Thursday, March 30, 8PM
- Open Caption performance Saturday, April 1, 2PM
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Located on the Levin Mezzanine of The Public, check out the Wheel & Come Again, art exhibition inspired by the original film. Several pieces are up for auction with proceeds going to the American Friends of Jamaica for their scholarship initiatives. Visit the auction here and bid through April 4.
J. Bernard Calloway
Eean Sherrod Cochran
Jamal Christopher Douglas
Dana Marie Ingraham
Dudney Joseph Jr
Dwight Xaveir Leslie
Denver Andre Taylor
Sir Brock Warren
Christopher Henry Young
Music Supervision, Orchestrations, and Dance Arrangements
Hair, Wig, and Makeup Design
Fight and Intimacy Director
Production Stage Manager
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