Second Stage Theater, which presented Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men on Broadway last season, presented a special preview of Lee’s We’re Gonna Die at The Green Room 42 on January 22, featuring star Janelle McDermoth (A Bronx Tale) and director-choreographer Raja Feather Kelly (Fairview, A Strange Loop).
We’re Gonna Die will begin February 4, ahead of a February 25 opening night.
Described as a “non-musical/non-play/non-concert that is not about dying,” the show weaves a series of songs and stories to celebrate the ways in which we live our lives. We’re Gonna Die features original music by Lee and Tim Simmonds, additional music by John-Michael Lyles, and lyrics by Lee. Music supervision and arrangements are by Remy Kurs with orchestrations by Cian McCarthy.
We’re Gonna Die was performed by Lee at Joe’s Pub in 2011 with her band Future Wife, directed by Paul Lazar. The 2ST production will run through March 22.