Brooklyn – Musical
by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson
Brooklyn the Musical is a musical with a book, lyrics, and music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson. Brooklyn the Musical was acquired for licensing by Broadway Licensing
Schoenfeld and McPherson had collaborated on a record more than two decades earlier but lost touch until McPherson, now a Massachusetts housewife, encountered her former partner singing on a Brooklyn street corner as a means of support. She invited him to live with her and her family, and the two began to write songs based on Schoenfeld’s experiences. They eventually wrote the plot with elements of Annie, Madame Butterfly, Movin’ Out, Rent, and every fairy tale that ever ended happily ever after.
The musical’s stage premiere was on April 30, 2003 at the New Denver Civic Theater (Denver, CO) and ran through June 15, 2003. This production starred Eden Espinosa. 
The musical premiered on Broadway on October 21, 2004 at the Plymouth Theatre (renamed the Gerald Schoenfeld), and closed on June 26, 2005 after 284 performances and 27 previews. Directed by Jeff Calhoun, The cast included Eden Espinosa as Brooklyn, Karen Olivo as Faith, Kevin Anderson as Taylor, Ramona Keller as Paradice, and Cleavant Derricks as a street singer who acts as the narrator. 
Using the play within a play structure, Brooklyn focuses on a group of five ragtag homeless musicians known as the City Weeds. The group periodically transforms a street corner under the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge into a stage where they present their play about a Parisian singer Brooklyn, named after the New York City borough from which her wayward father Taylor hailed. Orphaned when her depressed mother Faith hangs herself, the girl in quick succession is sent to live in a convent where she discovers her vocal talents, becomes a star, performs at Carnegie Hall, sets out in search of her father (who she discovers is a drug-addicted Vietnam War vet), and engages in a competition with local diva Paradice at Madison Square Garden.
From the original Broadway souvenir program:
Once upon a time, a famous young Parisian came to America to search for the Father she never knew. Her only clue, her name…. Brooklyn. The “Reigning Diva of the Decade”, Ms. Paradice is threatened by Brooklyn’s new-found fame. She challenges Brooklyn to a “Battle Of The Divas” at Madison Square Garden. Brooklyn accepts to deliver the Father she has yet to find. Feeling the soul of the city that bears her name, Brooklyn is moved by a street performer who plays a rusty old crowbar as if it were a Golden Saxophone. The Streetsinger leads Brooklyn to her father. She learns the truth of who he is and where he’s been. Although our “Wicked Witch Of The Hood” Ms. Paradice is about to wreak havoc with our heroine and her father, she doesn’t mind if you love to hate her, because after all that’s still love. Moments before showtime, the wicked Ms. Paradice confronts Brooklyn’s Father she comes bearing gifts. The “Battle Of The Divas” begins. Ms. Paradice takes the stage. She warns America not to turn its back on her now or they call “Kiss My Black Ass!” Brooklyn finds herself center stage, abandoned by her Father. The crowd roared, the vote’s poured in. Paradice Won! Brooklyn was just another face in the crowd. However, in that crowd was another face. “So you gotta ask yourself, do you believe in happy endings?”
Broadway Run Details
(Oct 21, 2004 – May 08, 2005)
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
(May 09, 2005 – Jun 26, 2005)
Opening Date Oct 21, 2004 – 1st Preview Sep 23, 2004 – Closing Night Jun 26, 2005
After 27 Previews and 284 Performances
Opening Night Cast
Kevin Anderson – Taylor Collins Sep 23, 2004 – Feb 06, 2005
Cleavant Derricks – Street Singer
Eden Espinosa – Brooklyn
Ramona Keller – Paradice
Karen Olivo – Faith
Manoel Felciano – Vocalist
Caren Lyn Manuel – Vocalist Sep 23, 2004 – Dec 02, 2004
Haneefah Wood – Vocalist
Swings: Manoel Felciano , Julie Reiber and Horace V. Rogers
Understudies: Manoel Felciano (Taylor Collins), Caren Lyn Manuel (Brooklyn, Faith), Julie Reiber (Brooklyn, Faith), Horace V. Rogers (Street Singer) and Haneefah Wood (Paradice)
Opening Night Creative
Book by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson
Music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson
Lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson
Music arranged by John McDaniel
Music orchestrated by John McDaniel
Musical Director: James Sampliner
Assistant to Mark & Barri: Timothy J Boynton
Directed by Jeff Calhoun
Associate Director: Coy Middlebrook
Scenic Design by Ray Klausen
Costume Design by Tobin Ost
Lighting Design by Michael Gilliam
Sound Design by Jonathan Deans and Peter Hylenski
Associate Scenic Design: Tobin Ost
Assistant Scenic Design: Randall Parsons and Mark Erbaugh
Assistant Costume Design: Katherine Hampton Noland
Assistant Lighting Design: John Viesta
Hair and Makeup Design: Justen M. Brosnan
Associate Lighting Designer / Automated Lights: Warren Flynn
Video City Stage Wilmington 2013
A cast album recorded live during a performance before an invited audience  was released on the Razor & Tie label.
National Tour and Others
A 2006 national tour starred American Idol finalist Diana DeGarmo as Brooklyn and Melba Moore as Paradice. Cleavant Derricks reprised his performance as Street Singer, with original cast member Julie Reiber as Faith, and Lee Morgan as Taylor Collins.
In 2008 Brooklyn made its professional regional premiere at Wisconsin’s The Armory located in Janesville, WI. The limited engagement, arranged through Brooklyn’s original producers, ran from May 8 to June 1, 2008. The Armory production featured Elyssa Samsel in the title role with John Edwards (Street Singer), Brett J. Frazier (Taylor Collins), Chelsea Waller (Paradice) and Julie Marie Eberhart (Faith). This production also added two more voices and featured Don Seward and Amy Linden in the ensemble.
Baldwin Wallace College was granted the rights to put on a regional production in Berea, Ohio in April 2008. It played at Playhouse Square’s 14th Street Theatre in May 2008.
A Brazilian production is previewed to June, 2012 in São Paulo.
In February, 2018, Footlite Musicals was granted rights to put on a production in Indianapolis, Indiana. The production was staged in cabaret style with the audience seated on the stage. The production was received favorably, selling out the vast majority of the shows. The production was nominated for and won Encore Association Awards in the following categories: Best Production of a Musical (Amy Douglas,) Best Director of a Musical (Kathleen Clarke Horrigan,) Best Lead Actress in a Musical (Shelbi Berry), Best Female Singer (Shelbi Berry,) Best Ensemble in a Musical, Best Vocal Direction (Caleb Morgan,) Best Music Direction (Linda Parr,) Best Set Design of a Musical (Stepen Matters,) Best Set Decoration of a Musical (Stephen Matters, Mary Lich, Laura Baker,) Best Lighting Design for a Musical (Andrew Stephens,) Best Light Board Operator for a Musical (Sean Cassada) and received the following Encore Association nominations: Best Lead Actor in a Musical (Stevie Jones, Donny Torres,) Best Lead Actress in a Musical (Paige Brown, Kendra Randle,) Best Male Singer (Stevie Jones, Donny Torres), Best Female Singer (Paige Brown, Kendra Randle,) Best Costumes for a Musical (Curt Picard.) 
Upon closing, Broadway Licensing acquired the rights for stock and amateur performance rights.
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