North: The Musical

Nov. 4, 2022 | 7 p.m.
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Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.

In her debut theatrical production, Ashli St. Armant brings us NORTH, a new musical that follows precocious Lawrence and his mother, Minnie, as they escape the Deep South and travel North through the Underground Railroad, to seek freedom.

Their route takes them through Louisiana’s bayous, the bustling city of New Orleans, and the young town of Lawrence, Kansas, introducing Lawrence, Minnie, and the audience to the diverse, multi-faceted lives of Black Americans during this time period.

Set in the 1850s, NORTH is based on actual accounts of slave escapes through the Underground Railroad network, as well as Ms. St. Armant’s personal family history of overcoming slavery in Louisiana.

While acknowledging the realities of slavery, the book and original musical compositions by Ashli St. Armant bring out the full experience of freedom-seekers: optimism, bravery, playfulness, wonder, suspense, and mystery.