Crowns - a gospel musical

May 28 - Jun 26, 2022

written by Regina Taylor

adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry

produced in partnership with

Sankofa African American Theatre Company


May 28 - Jun 26, 2022

7:30pm: May 28 and June 3, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, & 25

3pm: May 29 and June 5, 12, 19, & 26

Opening Night Performance & Reception: May 28

Post performance “Lobby Talk” discussion: June 5


This show will have in-person performances on the Capital BlueCross Main Stage.

$37/$30 - Assigned Seating

$18 - 18 and Under

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Open Stage and Sankofa African American Theatre Company present Crowns, a gospel musical by Regina Taylor, directed by Sharia Benn. “Hats off to Crowns,” raves The New York Times. Sankofa President & Executive Artistic Director Sharia Benn is back at Open Stage with a spectacular production of this “warm, wise, and wonderful” gospel musical (Star Ledger). Crowns is the story of a Chicago teenager who, sent to live with her grandmother in South Carolina, finds connection among a community of resilient African American women in their church hats. Weaving together faith, fashion and family, Crowns is an inspirational, joyous musical celebration of love and redemption that will make your spirit sing!

“There is something about Crowns that warms the soul” – Chicago Tribune

“No wonder that Crowns is one of the most produced musicals in America. It is a glimpse into one of the finest traditions in the vast assortment of the American Experience. CROWNS is a heartfelt show that needs to be seen to fully appreciate." – Chicago Critic

Study Guide

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Content Advisory

Parental Guidance Suggested

This show contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.

For our patrons that would like to be warned of any potential triggers or specific offensive content, we have provided these show warnings.

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We want to show our appreciation to our top members of The Inner Circle:

Miles Babin, Joanne and Troy Bakel, Joe and Janet Benamati, William and Sharia Benn, Michael Chapaloney, Jeff and Caitlin Copus, Carole DeSoto, Matt and Desiree DeSoto, Harold and Maureen Dunbar, The Freeman Family, William & Melissa Gallagher, Mary Lou and Raymond Harris, Jennifer Hoffman, Nicholas Hughes, Dan Deibler and Elizabeth Johnson, Robert and Joyce Kantor, Dr. Kraig Kiehl & Renae Kluk Kiehl, Esq., Beryl Kuhr and Patrick Bair, Wayne and Gloria Landon, Bill and Beverlee Lehr, Karen and Ken Lehman, Emily W. Matlin, DO, Robert and Rebecca McClure, Howard Pollman and David Forney, Charles Romigh and Donald Vaughan, Karen Ruch, Brad and Colleen Sanders, Kristin Scofield, Tina Sell, Jean Shaw, Ellen Stockstill, Stonebridge Financial Group, John and Abby Tierney

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