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Alicia Keys Off Broadway Musical “Hell’s Kitchen” Coming to Broadway in March 2024


Alicia Keys becomes the latest pop star to debut a musical on Broadway.

Keys’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” currently at the Public Theater, will open on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at the Shubert Theater. The autobiographical show features Keys’s hits plus four new songs.

Reviewers raved about the first act at the Public but had trouble with the second act. Hopefully that situation will be remedied with the move uptown.

The “Hell’s Kitchen” transfer was pretty much a known factor from the get go. Michael Greif is the director and Kristoffer Diaz wrote the book based on Keys’s teen years turning into a pop star.

The cast at the Public included The cast at The Public Theater includes Shoshana Bean, Chad Carstarphen, Reid Clarke, Chloe Davis, Nico DeJesus, and Brandon Victor Dixon. It’s unclear who will make the transfer to Broadway.

I haven’t seen this show. I’m told some liberties are taken with Keys’s ascent to stardom. But she owes her career to Clive Davis and Peter Edge, who made her a star at J Records after Columbia Records let her go. The launch of Alicia Keys was an exciting time in the record business. I hope this is conveyed in the show. I’m sure it will be.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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