Monday, July 20, 2020

Journey to BROADBEND, ARKANSAS from home


Transport Group, in association with The Public, is thrilled to bring you the cast album and a streamed performance of

a world premiere musical about family, hope, and change

WHEN:  through August 16*
WHERE: now available to stream for free

The critically-acclaimed musical was staged in Fall 2019 at The Duke on 42nd Street.

The official cast album is also available to stream and download.

Join a discussion with the cast and creative team on July 23 at 7PM ET with guests Marcia Pendelton of Walk Tall Girl Productions and Black Theatre Network President Andre Harrington, moderated by NYU Associate Professor Michael Dinwiddie, and joined by artists of the creative team and cast*. Questions will be taken live from viewers during the discussion.

Our friends at BROADBEND, ARKANSAS ask that if you enjoy this musical, in lieu of a ticket purchase, please support The Black Theatre Network.

In Transport Group’s world premiere musical BROADBEND, ARKANSAS, a Black family grapples with decades of inequality, violence, and suppression in the South. Benny, an orderly at a nursing home, delicately balances his role as a caregiver to an ornery white resident who shares a contentious past with his white boss, while at the same time caring for his own family as the fight for equality grips the nation in the midst of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Thirty years later, his daughter, Ruby, struggles to understand an incident of police brutality against her 15-year-old son. This unique musical, spanning nearly half a century and three generations, asks us to contemplate the cycle of violence in this country and how we will find hope and create change against the backdrop of hate that plagues America.  

Now streaming through August 16

Original Run: October 25 - November 23, 2019

Act I: Book and Lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh, Music by Ted Shen
Act II: Book and Lyrics by Harrison David Rivers, Music and Additional Lyrics by Ted Shen

Directed by Jack Cummings III
A World Premiere Musical Produced by Transport Group
In Association with The Public Theater
Starring Justin Cunninghamand Danyel Fulton