Ray Charles musical set for Broadway in November

Singer Ray Charles performs at the tenth anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, June 20, 1988. (AP Photo/Ira Mark Gostin)

March 11, 2010 7:44:34 PM PST
A musical celebrating Ray Charles is headed for Broadway this fall.

"Unchain My Heart" will open Nov. 7 with preview performances beginning Oct. 8.

Producer Stuart Benjamin said Thursday the show would feature a book by Suzan-Lori Parks and direction by Sheldon Epps. Casting will be announced.

Benjamin worked with the late singer for 15 years and produced "Ray," the hit movie about his life starring Jamie Foxx. Parks won a Pulitzer Prize for her play "Topdog/Underdog."

An earlier version of the musical called "Ray Charles Live" was produced at California's Pasadena Playhouse in 2007.


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