Growing up in Manhattan next to Broadway, Alicia Keys has always dreamed of one day partaking in those bright lights that she saw through her apartment window. The songstress will finally get her chance this summer, as she’s been signed on to produce ‘Stick Fly.’
Written by Lydia R. Diamon, the story focuses on an African-American family at their vacation home in Martha’s Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts. And according to Keys, this “piece of art” has touched her creative soul and helped open her eyes.
In a blog post on her official website, she explains her love and passion for the play, and how she has fallen in love with it.
“Sometimes you come across that rare piece of art that gets to you– that takes you to a different place, and opens your eyes and your heart to a new horizon. For me, Stick Fly is that piece of art,” Keys writes.
“Stick Fly is an incredible, moving and HILARIOUS play, that I’m so honored and excited to help bring to Broadway this winter. These profound characters bring you deep into the life of a family that is just like yours or mine– capturing everything that goes with that: the outrageous, the funny and the secrets tucked away inside the family closet.”
She also talks about how her love and passion for theatre was originally inspired by her mother, Teresa Augello.
“My mother’s greatest passion is the theatre and she introduced it to me very early in my life. I grew up right next to Broadway-I could see the glittering lights from our apartment,” the singer recalls. “To produce a play like this is a dream come true for me. And to have the chance to share this play with an audience, night after night, in a beautiful theater, on the streets that I walked everyday as a kid with only ‘a pocket full of dreams’â¦ can only be described as modern-day magic.”
The play will hit Broadway this winter in NYC, and Alicia Keys hopes “you’ll have the chance to experience Stick Fly, and that it moves you as much as did [her].”