Amber Riley And Loretta Devine Will Lead The Cast Of THE PREACHER’S WIFE- The World-Premiere Musical


Amber Riley | Photo: Beast Williams

Alex Mecklosky
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March 6, 2024 3:00 PM

Casting at its finest! The cast and creative team of the world premiere musical, The Preacher's Wife, have been announced. The Preacher's Wife is a stirring celebration of community, family, and the power of faith that is inspired by the beloved film of the same name. 

The show will feature  an original score by award nominated actor, musician, and writer Tituss Burgess and a book by actress, producer, and writer Azie Dungey, The Preacher's Wife will run on The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre from May 11th – June 16th, 2024.  Opening night is scheduled for Friday, May 24th.    

The cast of The Preacher's Wife includes Screen Actors Guild Award and Laurence Olivier Award winner Amber Riley as Julia Biggs; Rebecca E. Covington as Beverly; NAACP Image Award and Emmy Award winner Loretta Devine as Marguerite Coleman; Alan H. Green as Joe Hamilton; Jahi Kearse as Deacon Lewis; Davis Michael Matthews as Hakeem; Cameron McCrae as Jeremiah; Wayne Pretlow as Ol’ Mac; Brad Raymond as Deacon Johnson; Akron Lanier Watson as Henry Biggs, and Donald Webber, Jr as Dudley.    

The ensemble includes Wesley J. Barnes, Brianna Bellamy, Angela Birchett, Laila Bollar, Melessie Clark, Cedrick Ekra, Cyniah Elise, Darius Harper, Toneisha Harris, Shaq Hester, Brianna Javis, Harper Miles, Amma Osei, Kala Ross, Drew Shade, Michael Stiggers, Alicia Thomas, Damani Van Rensalier, and Helen Marla White.  Ashley Jenkins serves as the Understudy for the role of Julia Biggs. 

The Preacher's Wife creative team is led by Tony Award-winning Director Michael Arden and award-winning Director and Alliance Theatre’s Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden.  The musical’s book is by writer & producer Azie Dungey , with an original score by Georgia native and six-time Emmy Award nominee Tituss Burgess.   

The Preacher's Wife creative team includes Choreographer Matthew Johnson Harris; Tony nominated Scenic Designer Dane Laffrey; Scenic Designer Teresa L. Williams; Tony nominated Costume Designer Sarafina Bush; Tony nominated Lighting Designer Jennifer Schriever; Tony nominated Sound Designer Joshua D. Reid; Wig Designer Cookie Jordan; and Illusionist Skylar Fox. James Sampliner serves as the production’s Music Supervisor, Music Director, Orchestrator, and Arranger.  

Additional production support is provided by Associate Director Emilio Ramos; Associate Choreographer Jōvan Dansberry; Associate Music Director John Gentry Tennyson; Stage Manager Julie DeVore, with casting by Tara Rubin Casting and Jody Feldman. 

“I’ve been waiting a long time to give this to the world,” said Composer Tituss Burgess. “I hope it brings audiences as much joy as writing it has brought me!”

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Alex Mecklosky

As a native New Yorker, Alex has always loved everything involving theatre. With a degree in Theatre and New Media from Marymount Manhattan College, Alex realized that, since he was not talented enough to be on Broadway, the next best thing would be to write about it!