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The Harder They Come

March 16, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Please join us on Thursday, March 16, 2023 for “An Evening with the AFJ” to watch the performance of “The Harder They Come”

The Public Theater, NYC

VIP Cocktail Reception at 6:30pm
Special Guest of Honor: Sheryl Lee Ralph

Showtime at 8:00pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and The Public’s Writer-in-Residence, Suzan-Lori Parks, brings to The Public a new musical adaptation of the 1972 movie, THE HARDER THEY COME.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the breakthrough film, produced and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written with Trevor Rhone, tells the story of Ivan, a young singer who arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, eager to become a star. After falling in love and cutting a record deal with a powerful music mogul, Ivan soon learns that the game is rigged, and as he becomes increasingly defiant, he finds himself in a battle that threatens not only his life, but the very fabric of Jamaican society.

Featuring Grammy Award winner Jimmy Cliff’s hits, “You Can Get It If You Really Want” and “Many Rivers to Cross,” former Artistic Director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre Tony Taccone directs this new musical, with co-direction by Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo and choreography by Edgar Godineaux.




March 16, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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