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Choir Boy

About Event

Opening the 15th Season for the award winning Dezart Performs ( of Palm Springs is a drama with music, CHOIR BOY by Tarell Alvin McCraney (October 28 – November 6).  CHOIR BOY is directed by Michael Matthews, with musical direction by Ignoisco Miles and choreography by Joyce Guy.

A moving story of sexuality, race, hope, gospel music, and a young gay man finding his voice, CHOIR BOY was a 2019 Tony nominee for Best Play and a 2019 Drama Desk winner for Outstanding Music in a play.  This coming-of-age story follows a group of young Black students at Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, a highly respected institution dedicated to helping its students grow into “strong, ethical Black men.” But what happens when young student Pharus does not fit the mold for a typical “Drew man.” Pharus is different from his peers, and his effeminate nature constantly sets him apart. Though he may be the leader and most talented member of Drew’s renowned gospel choir, he struggles to gain their acceptance and respect. Content Advisory: This play contains nudity.

The cast for CHOIR BOY is:
Maurice Alpharicio (AJ) 
Andre Brown (Headmaster Marrow) 
Nicholas Hormann (Pendleton)
David Alan Madrick (Bobby)
Dennis Renard (Pharus) 
Nathaniel Summers (Junior)
Michael Swain-Smith (David)

All performances take place at the Pearl McManus Theater (at the historic Palm Springs Woman’s Club) 314 S Cahuilla Road, Downtown Palm Springs. Ticket prices are $39 – $50. Tickets may be purchased online at, or by calling (760) 322-0179. Showtimes are Fridays at 7:30pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 7:30pm; Sundays at 2pm.

Choir Boy