|  June 29, 2010


For the first time ever the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take the stage in a musical production. The World Premiere of “I Dream”.

The musical opens Friday, July 9th on the Alliance Stage at the Woodruff Arts Center.

“I Dream” is a musical celebration and journey through the life and work of a man whose prophetic and historical significance has become legend.  Presented by Musical Dramatic Arts based in Atlanta and London and directed by acclaimed actress Jasmine Guy.

The song recorded by the whole cast drops today on iTunes. “Will it always be this way”-    Check it out here- it’s a hot track!

Author and composer Douglas Tappin first began work on “I Dream” 4 years ago when he arrived from Britain to start a new life in Atlanta.  Cedric Perrier is on board as the producer.  Having considered London, Washington D. C, and New York there was no doubt in anyone’s minds that the appropriate City to produce the musical was Atlanta. “We have often felt the hand of history on our shoulders as we develop ‘I Dream’ here” says Perrier.

Originating the role of Dr. Martin Luther King is Quentin Earl Darrington fresh from recent Broadway success of ‘Ragtime’ and acclaimed actress Demetria McKinney best known for her stellar performances in ‘Tyler Perry’s House of Payne’, won the role of Coretta after an extensive search.  “I am proud to originate the character of Coretta Scott King, a woman who was not only an exceptional wife but, equally a leader in her own right in the Civil Rights Movement,”  says McKinney.

Keith Williams is the music producer and also the director of music at the Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Singer/Songwriter/Keyboardist Avery Sunshine plays the Grandma.   For a full list of cast members here:

“I Dream” runs through July 31st.  Order your tickets here: Woodruff Center

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We hope for much success so ‘I Dream’ can come to London, Broadway and the rest of the world!   Let’s Dream!