Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money, a new R&B musical based on the best-selling book by Christopher Paul Curtis, featuring music and lyrics by Lamont Dozier, with additional lyrics by Paris Dozier and a book by David Ingber, is set to have its New York premiere. Directed by Jade King Carroll, the show will play a limited engagement off-Broadway April 12 through May 4 at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater.
The story follows 10-year-old Steven, a self-proclaimed spy and president of the “Flint Future Detectives Club.” At the heart of this whimsical journey is an intelligent, entrepreneurial boy who is asked to unlock the secret behind a mysterious bill. With his pals (and their giant flying dog, Zoopy) Steven discovers that family, friends, imagination and determination are the true keys to success; and sharing the spotlight with others can make one even richer.
Dozier’s multiple hits include "Stop in the Name of Love," "Sugar Pie Honey Bun" and "How Sweet it Is." Ingber’s credits include Major League Baseball Fan Cave.
Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money will feature musical supervision by Brian Usifer, musical direction by Geraldine Boyer-Cussac and choreography by MK Lawson. Casting will be announced shortly.