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‘Island’ reunion a benefit

Original cast to offer matinee, evening perf May 12

The original cast of “Once on This Island,” based on a Caribbean folk tale, is set to hold a two-perf reunion of the 1990 Broadway musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Tuner will have a matinee and evening performance May 12 at the Winter Garden Theater.

Show was presented originally by Playwrights Horizons Off Broadway on May 6, 1990, and moved that fall to the Booth Theater on Broadway. Ahrens and Flaherty went on to write “Ragtime” and “Seussical.”

Original cast members LaChanze, Jerry Dixon, Andrea Frierson-Toney, Sheila Gibbs, Kecia Lewis, Afi McClendon, Gerry McIntyre, Milton Craig Nealy, Nikki Rene, Eric Riley and Ellis E. Williams will be joined by Monique Cintron and Lillias White.

The reunion performances benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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