Choir Boy

15 - 18 Mar 2023
Cremorne Theatre, QPAC
1 hour 40 minutes
(no interval, subject to change without notice)
$49 *
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Soaring coming-of-age drama

Direct from its Australian premiere in Sydney, the highly acclaimed play Choir Boy by Academy Award-winning writer Tarell Alvin McCraney, is a moving story of sexuality, race, hope and a young gay man finding his voice.

Determined to make his mark, Pharus Young is hell-bent on being the best choir leader in the 50-year history of Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys. In a world built on dusty rites and rituals, how can he maintain his shine while trying to conform to masculine expectations and gain the respect of the choristers he leads?

With its uplifting music and electrifying dance routines, Choir Boy will inspire you to raise your voice and cheer as one student boldly stands up to the traditions that seek to silence him!

Directors Dino Dimitriadis and Zindzi Okenyo lead a sensational Australian and International cast to present Tarell Alvin McCraney’s delicate, brutal script with Music Direction by Allen René Louis.

Threaded with soul-stirring a cappella tones, Choir Boy blends the language of high school hallways with the soulful sounds of gospel music for an unforgettable night at the theatre.

Don’t miss this soaring, Tony Award nominated musical drama when it comes to QPAC for a strictly limited season.

Tony Award® nomination for Best Play
Tony Award® Special Award winner for Outstanding Vocal Arrangements
Tony Award® winner for Best Sound Design of a Play
Drama Desk Award winner for Outstanding Music in a Play

Missed out on this interview about Choir Boy?
Check out the amazing cast Darron Hayes and showbiz royalty Tony Sheldon chatting on TODAY Extra about the Australian Premiere of Choir Boy. Tony Sheldon came out of retirement to be part of this show!

Presented by QPAC
Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney
A production by Riverside's National Theatre of Parramatta


  • Pharus Jonathan Young Darron Hayes (Choir Boy, Denver Center for the Performing Arts)
  • Headmaster Marrow Robert Harrell (The Shield)
  • Junior “Jr” Davis Gareth Dutlow
  • David Heard Theo Williams (Passing Strange)
  • Anthony Justin “AJ” James Quinton Rofail Rich (Godspell)
  • Robert “Bobby” Marrow Zarif (Lonesome)
  • Mr Pendleton Tony Sheldon (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert)
  • Swing Tawanda Muzenda


  • Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight)
  • Director Dino Dimitriadis (Overflow, Cleansed)
  • Director Zindzi Okenyo (seven methods of killing kylie jenner, Orange Thrower)
  • Musical Director Allen René Louis (Broadway Inspirational Voices)
  • Choreographer Tarik Frimpong (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, UK Tour)
  • Assistant Musical Director Zara Stanton (HMS Pinafore, Bonnie and Clyde)

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