An exhilarating story told in dance, SUGAR HILL is set to the music of the genre-defying collaboration between jazz icons bandleader/composer, Duke Ellington, and gay composer, Billy Strayhorn, in a captivating way that has never been done before.
SUGAR HILL reveals the glamour of the 1930s as seen through the lens of the nonconformist daughter of a high-society Black family living in Manhattan and her fantastic dreamworld in the Sugar Hill neighborhood of Harlem. A jazz-steeped reimagining of the classic tale, this Nutcracker dance-story sends a stirring message that champions individuality and the journey to find the power of your unique self: “Go find what makes you different to find your magic.”
With a libretto by Jessica Swan, this original production is directed with choreography by Emmy Award winner and Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics nominee, Joshua Bergasse, and co-choreographed by Jade Hale-Cristofi, with featured choreography by Jon Boogz and Caleb Teicher and choreographic consultation from Graciela Danielle.
Opening at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA (October 24-39, 2023), followed by performances at New York City Center (November 14-26, 2023), with concluding performances at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre (December 19-30, 2023).
For more information, please visit the official Sugar Hill Website.