World Premiere Musical The Secret Life of Bees book by Lynn Nottage music by Duncan Sheik lyrics by Susan Birkenhead based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd directed by Sam Gold

The Secret Life of Bees

book by Lynn Nottage
music by Duncan Sheik
lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd
directed by Sam Gold

Linda Gross Theater

May 12 – July 7, 2019


A world premiere musical written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat), with music by Tony and Grammy Award winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), lyrics by two-time Tony nominee and Drama Desk winner Susan Birkenhead (Jelly’s Last Jam), and directed by Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home); based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd.

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A world premiere musical from a powerhouse creative team that brought you some of the greatest works of the past three decades: Sweat, Spring Awakening, Working  and Fun Home.

South Carolina, 1964. Lily Owens, a restless white teenager, struggles with her merciless father and the haunting memory of her mother’s death. When Rosaleen, her black caregiver, is beaten and jailed for asserting her right to vote, Lily’s rebellious spirit is ignited. She and Rosaleen escape on an adventure where they are taken in by a trio of black beekeeping sisters. While Lily tries to unlock the secrets of her past, she and Rosaleen find solace in the mesmerizing world of bees and spirituality in this extraordinary tale of awakening, fellowship and healing.

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