Alicia Keys’ musical ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ coming to Broadway in Spring 2024

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Alicia Keys’ musical “Hell’s Kitchen” is coming to Broadway next year. It’s a coming-of-age musical inspired by the Grammy Award-winning artist’s life who is also behind the music and lyrics. Hell’s Kitchen premiered at the Public Theater on October 24th, and is now scheduled to make its Broadway premiere next year in April.

Hell’s Kitchen musical Broadway release date

Hell’s Kitchen will run at the Public Theater until January 14th, after which it will be transferred to the Shubert Theater. Previews for Hell’s Kitchen will begin on March 28th, and the opening night is scheduled for April 20th. AKW Productions is behind the Broadway production of Hell’s Kitchen with Aaron Lustbader as the executive producer of the show. It’s a 2 hour 30 minute show including intermission.

Hell’s Kitchen musical synopsis

Hell’s Kitchen is described as “an unforgettable new show loosely based on Alicia Keys’ personal experiences, featuring both newly created music and many of her soulful, iconic songs.”

The musical is based on Keys’ life, and it’s set in New York City. It features a young 17-year-old Ali who “is desperate to get her piece of the New York dream.” Ali’s mom tries to keep her daughter away from the mistakes she made in the past. The story goes on with Ali falling for a talented young drummer but this opens up a world of harsh troubles for the mom and daughter. Both are faced with “hard truths about race, defiance, and growing up.”

As Ali feels trapped in all this, she happens to hear her neighbor playing the piano, and this leads to “an unexpected friendship and a radically different future.”

“Good things take time and for 13 years, I’ve been dreaming, developing and finding inspiration for a musical based on my experience growing up in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. Hell’s Kitchen is inspired by my life, but it’s not a biographical story. It’s a story about family relationships and identity: Who are we? Who do we want to be? Who are we becoming?” Keys was quoted as saying.

“The score features new songs that I’m really excited to get out into the world alongside many of my album releases that you know but you’ve never heard like this – rearranged and reinterpreted.”

Hell’s Kitchen features songs by Alicia Keys, and a book by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Kristoffer Diaz. Music consulting is taken care by Tom Kitt, and music supervision by Adam Blackstone. It also features direction by Michael Greif with choreography by Camille A. Brown.

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