Crowns

A moving and celebratory musical play in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of black history and identity as seen through the eyes of a young black woman who has come down South to stay with her aunt after her brother is killed in Brooklyn. Hats are everywhere, in exquisite variety, and the characters use the hats to tell tales concerning everything from the etiquette of hats to their historical and contemporary social functioning. There is a hat for every occasion, from flirting to churchgoing to funerals to baptisms, and the tradition of hats is traced back to African rituals and slavery and forward to the New Testament and current fashion. Some rap but predominantly gospel music and dance underscore and support the narratives. The conclusion finds the standoffish young woman, whose cultural identity as a young black Brooklyn woman has been so at odds with the more traditional and older Southern blacks, embracing hats and their cultural significance as a part of her own fiercely independent identity.

Roles
6F, 1M
Musicians
2
Acts
1

Creators

Regina Taylor

Regina Taylor

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Reviews

"Get ready to clap your hands, tap your feet, and make a joyful noise at Regina Taylor's CROWNS."

BroadwayWorld


"No wonder that Crowns is one of the most produced musicals in America. It is an glimpse into the one of the finest traditions in the vast assortment of the American Experience. CROWNS is a heartfelt show that needs to be seen to fully appreciate."

Chicago Critic


Instrumentation

2 Musicians

Piano/Vocal
Percussion

Casting

Mother Shaw
Female
Obatala -- Orisha of wisdom -- creativity

Mabel
Female
Shango -- Orisha of fire -- red and white

Velma
Female
Oya -- Orisha of storms -- purple

Wanda
Female
Oshun -- Orisha of rivers and water -- gold and water

Jeanette
Female
Yemaya -- Orisha of seas -- blue

Yolanda
Female
Ogun -- green and red

Man/Elegba
Male
Orisha of crossroads -- red and black

Cast Vocal Ranges

Production Materials

Included in your license are the following cast and crew scripts. These materials will be shipped 60 days prior to the first performance.

7 Cast Script/Vocal Books

A combination of the show’s full script and the full vocal book. All dialogue within each song is printed in the score to prevent flipping back and forth during rehearsals. All books are spiral-bound and double-sided.

2 Director’s Scripts

A single-sided, spiral-bound script designed with plenty of space for the director to take notes and add blocking during the rehearsal process.

1 Stage Manager’s Script

A single-sided, three-hole punched script that can be inserted into your three-ring binder.

2 Piano/Vocal Scores

Orchestrations

Percussion

Promotional Resources

Crowns Logo Pack

Official Logo Pack

Included with license

Includes color and black and white high-resolution logo files in JPG, PNG, and EPS formats.

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Crowns Official Show Artwork

Official Show Artwork

£129.5 / £92.5 for educators

Creating artwork for your performance has never been easier – customize online in minutes, download a print-ready PDF, order printed posters, access layered files.

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Crowns Promotion Kit & Social Media Guide

Social Media Marketing Kit

£185 / £111 for educators

Includes everything you need to plan and implement the promotion of your show – 50+ graphics for social media, original show specific content, social media guide, promotion calendar and press release template.

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Production Resources

Advance Pack

1 Piano/Vocal Score, 1 Director’s Script and 1 Cast Script/Vocal Score shipped as soon as payment is received.

£73.67

Extra Rehearsal Weeks

If you need your full set of production materials prior to the regularly scheduled shipment (60 days prior to the first performance ), you can request additional weeks.

£73.67 / week

Additional Books

Additional books (Cast Script/Vocal, Piano/Conductor, etc.) are available.

£18.42 each

Credits

Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry