Ephraim Sykes, Kate Burton, Tina Benko, More Cast in ROOM on Broadway


Ephraim Sykes, Kate Burton, and Tina Benko

Dan Meyer
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February 15, 2023 11:28 AM

There’s a lot of star power coming to the latest Broadway adaptation. The U.S. premiere of Room will feature Ephraim Sykes, Tina Benko, Kate Burton, and more alongside previously announced Tony winner Adrienne Warren as Ma.

Tony nominee Ephraim Sykes (Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations) will play SuperJack, a new character for the stage version that exists as an older version of Ma’s son who is born in captivity. Little Jack will be played by Aiden Mekhi Sierra and Christopher Woodley alternating in the role.

Rounding out the cast are three-time Tony nominee Kate Burton as Grandma, Tina Benko as Interviewer/Police Officer, Michael Genet as Grandpa/Doctor, and Triney Sandoval as Old Nick.

Alexis Gordon, who won a Dora Award for her performance as Ma in the North American premiere production of Room in Toronto, Canada, will make her Broadway debut as understudy for the role of Ma. Anthony Chatmon II will understudy the role of SuperJack.

Room is written and adapted for the stage by Emma Donoghue, based on her 2010 best-selling novel, which she also adapted into the award-winning 2015 film. The production featuring songs and music by Scottish songwriters Kathryn Joseph and Cora Bissett, the latter also directing the play.

The story follows Ma and Jack as they hatch a plan to escape from their kidnapper. Ma is desperate to get back out into the world after seven years stuck in captivity, but Jack is terrified of leaving the only world he knows.

Serving on the creative team is set and costume designer Lily Arnold, projection designer Andrzej Goulding, lighting designer Bonnie Beecher, sound designer Justin Ellington, and choreographer Galen Hooks. Orchestrations and arrangements are by Roddy Hart and Tommy Reilly, and the music director is Greg Kenna, with casting by Jim Carnahan Casting.

The limited engagement opens April 17 at James Earl Jones Theatre with previews beginning on April 3. For more information and tickets, click here

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.

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