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Henry Box Brown

Thu 9th – Sun 26th Aug 2018

NO UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

“The cream of New York gospel and R&B singers, plus leading Off Broadway performers, are coming to the Edinburgh Fringe with a new musical te”

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SUMMARY

The cream of New York gospel and R&B singers, plus leading Off Broadway performers, are coming to the Edinburgh Fringe with a new musical telling the true story of an 1850s Virginia slave who was shipped to freedom in a box.

Henry Box Brown is directed by Tony Award winner Ben Harney (Broadway’s Dream Girls) and has been created by co-composers Oscar nominee – Best Original Score, Jack Lenz (Mel Gibson’s Passion of Christ) writer, Mehr Mansuri and and New York City composer, Frank Sanchez. The spirituals have been arranged by Gospel Music Directors, Eric Dozier and Renee Reid.

Born into slavery in Louisa County, Brown worked in a Richmond tobacco factory. In 1848 his children and pregnant wife were sold to new owners in North Carolina. Brown resolved to escape slavery and enlisted the help of a white churchman and a slave-owning gambler. In later life Brown became a prominent abolitionist, a performer, musician and a published author. He spent many years in Britain.

Admission: £13

Assembly Rooms, Music Hall, George Street, EH2 2LR

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