The Public Theater presents Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks' new musical adaptation of the 1972 movie The Harder They Come. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the breakthrough film tells the story of Ivan, a young singer who arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, eager to become a star. After falling in love and cutting a record deal with a powerful music mogul, Ivan soon learns that the game is rigged. As he becomes increasingly defiant, he finds himself in a battle that threatens not only his life, but the very fabric of Jamaican society. Featuring Grammy Award-winner Jimmy Cliff’s hits, “You Can Get It If You Really Want” and "Many Rivers to Cross," this new musical is co-directed by Tony Taccone and Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo.
Show Notes: 1 intermission
COVID-19 Safety Information
Masks are required at Tuesday evening, Saturday matinee and Sunday matinee performances only.
This production will include the use of gunshots, smoke, haze, and herbal cigarettes.
February 16-19, 2023:
THURSDAY-SUNDAY @ 8 PM
Beginning February 21, 2023:
TUESDAY-FRIDAY @ 8 PM
SATURDAY & SUNDAY @ 2 PM & 8 PM