Book by Richard Allen; Music and Lyrics by Richard Allen & Taran Gray


at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row

  • Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 9:00 pm
  • Friday, August 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Friday, August 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Would you get on the bus?

FREEDOM RIDERS: THE CIVIL RIGHTS MUSICAL tells the true story of activists who boldly challenged the legality and optics of the Jim Crow South by riding buses in mixed groups. It features Civil Rights icons Diane Nash, John Seigenthaler, John Lewis, Congress of Racial Equality’s original 13 riders, and other fearless activists of the Civil Rights Movement. FREEDOM RIDERS is a soaring portrait of the fearless voices of the Movement who used nonviolent direct action to initiate change.

Recommended for ages 16+

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Richard Allen

Richard Allen (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Richard Allen is a film/tv writer/director and producer. He has worked in the film and television industry for over ten years. Mr. Allen recently worked with Disney/Maker Studios as a SPARK Fellow creating two new pilot TV shows for the House of Mouse. He is currently producing and directing two new feature films and a slate of new television shows. For more information visit

Taran Gray

Taran Gray (Music, Lyrics)

Taran Gray is a Songwriter / Music Producer from San Diego. The son of two long-time Lambs Players Theater professionals, Taran is honored to give back a piece of what the theater community instilled in him. Co-Writer of FREEDOM RIDERS, a new musical, the chance to create a show that is not only entertaining, but also socially necessary is a wonderful responsibility. May this musical reflect the One who first loved.

Whitney White

Whitney White (Director)

Whitney White is a Brooklyn based director, actor, and musician. Her original musical Lover I'll Bring You Back to Life was at Ars Nova this past April, and her play Great Hill Mouth was part of The Drama League's 2016 Rough Draft series. Her musical adaptation of Macbeth; Macbeth in Stride has been workshopped at Trinity Rep, Chautauqua, and Judson Memorial. This past year she assisted Sam Gold (Othello, NYTW), Dan Sullivan (If I Forget, Roundabout), and Anne Kaufman (Marvin's Room, Broadway). She also directed work at: 59E59, The Drama League, South Oxford, Roundabout and Luna Stage. Whitney is the inaugural Roundabout Directing Fellow, and will be a 2050 Fellow at NYTW this fall. MFA Acting Brown University/Trinity Rep, BA Northwestern University.

Steven Cuevas (Music Director)

Steven was most recently Associate Conductor of the first national tour of Kinky Boots. Broadway/Off-Broadway: Kinky Boots, Closer Than Ever, Trip of Love, Iron Curtain. Tours: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (original cast recording), Spring Awakening, My Fair Lady (Singapore). BFA Musical Theatre, Emerson College. As always, for Andrei. @StevenMCuevas

Raja Kelly (Choreographer)

Asst. Sara Gurevich Off-Broadway credits includes choreography for Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ EVERYBODY directed by Lila Neugabauer (Signature), Daaimiah Mubashir’s EVERYDAY AFROPLAY (JACK)  Susan-Lori Parks’ The Death of The Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World directed by Lilieana Blain-Cruz (Signature) (Nominated for 2017 Lucielle Lortel Award) and Funnyhouse of a Negro; written by Adrienne Kennedy directed by Lila Neugebauer (Signature) (Nominated for 2017 Lucielle Lortel Award).

Kate McGee (Lighting Designer)

Recent lighting design work includes: Emily's D+ Evolution World Tour Esperanza Spalding, A Hunger Artist (Sinking Ship Productions), The Mechanics of Love (To By For productions), Target Margin O'Neil Lab (Act I- Julia Sirna Frest), Kidnap Road (La Mama) These Seven Sicknesses: (Brown/Trinity Rep), Carnival of the Animals and The Bremen Town Band (The Miller Theater) Chase: What Matters Most?  (Animals Performance Company - Dixon Place),  The Hour of the Star adapted and directed by Dara Malina (Columbia Stages), Early Plays (New York City Players/Wooster Group, Henry Hewes Award Nomination, with Aaron Deyo). Founding member of GRANDMA, Associate Artist Sinking Ship Productions. MFA NYU Tisch.

Ken Goodwin (Sound Designer)

Broadway: Groundhog Day (Assistant Sound Designer) On The Town (Assistant Sound Designer), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Assistant Sound Designer). Off-Broadway: The Total Bent (Assistant Sound Designer, Public Theatre), The Wildness Sky-Pony’s Rock Fairy Tale (Associate Sound Designer, Ars Nova), Dry Powder (Associate Sound Designer, Public Theatre). Regional: Bullets Over Broadway (Ogunquit Playhouse), Engagements (Barrington Stage Co), A Doctor In Spite of Himself (Yale Repertory Theatre & Berkeley Repertory Theatre), The Realistic Joneses (Yale Repertory Theatre).

Niko Rabbitt (Scenic Designer)

Niko is excited to be working on Freedom Riders for it’s second debut in New York. Currently a product designer and carpenter for the Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Niko has worked steadily for professional scenic design and drafting companies since he graduated from California State University in 2014 with a bachelors degree in Theatre Design. Niko plans to continue his work in theater/video production and has also recently been delving into the world of interior design and architecture.

Kelly Hardy (Production Stage Manager)

Broadway: Anastasia; The Real Thing. New York: Lincoln Center – LCT3, The Public, Rebel Theatrical, Center Ring Theatrical, Theatre for a New Audience, Working Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, The Actors Company Theatre. Regional: Hartford Stage, Trinity Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, Bard SummerScape, La Jolla Playhouse, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse.International: Royal College of Music, London; Shakespeare’s Globe, London. Education: UC San Diego.

Dailey-Monda Management (General Management)

Barry Anderson

Barry Anderson (Robert F. Kennedy)

Barry is thrilled to be a part of NYMF and the Freedom Riders family.  Broadway: Jersey Boys (Bob Crewe),Legally Blonde (Aaron Schultz).  National Tours: Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, My Fair Lady.  Regional: Ogunquit Playhouse, Arrow Rock Lyceum,  Little Theatre on the Square. T.V./Film:  "30 Rock," "As The World Turns," FORWARD&GONE.  University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire alum. Proud member Actors' Equity. Visit (songwriting) and tweet/follow @4BarryAnderson.

Anthony Chatmon II

Anthony Chatmon II (John Lewis)

Anthony Chatmon II is excited to be back at NYMF this year with Freedom Riders. Anthony was apart of NYMF in 2015 with Accapela The musical and ILLA: A hip hop musical and in 2013 as a contestant in NYMF next broadway sensation. Recent credits: Cinderella’s Prince/ Wolf/ Lucinda in the National Tour of Fiasco Theater’s production of Into The Woods, A-rab in Hollywood Bowl’s West Side Story, and the Doctor in the National Tour of Book of Mormon.

Meagan Flint

Meagan Flint (Genevieve Hughes)

Meagan Flint is a San Diego native, who has grown up performing in local theater and later in her own band as well, "Flint." Over the years Meagan has had the opportunity to perform in venues such as county fairs, to right here in New York City. Meagan is excited to be a part of this fabulous production, and being able to support this important cause.

Deon’te L. Goodman

Deon’te L. Goodman (Charles Person)

NYC debut! Recent credits: with Stephen Schwartz in a staged reading of The Prince of Egypt, Caroline, or Change (The Dryer/Bus) The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney), Stop Kiss (George), Rent (Tom Collins), The Toxic Avenger (Black Dude), Cabaret (Hans). Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro, Galileo Galilei, Amahl and the Night Visitors. BM (Classical Voice) UNC-Greensboro.

Guy Lockard

Guy Lockard (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)

Washington DC born singer/songwriter Guy Lockard juxtaposed his jazzy, soulful voice with Progressive Rock and won himself a coveted spot as a featured vocalist on the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s 2010 Winter tour. He has since found continued success in meshing his vocal’s with music that wouldn’t traditionally be paired with his vocal style. A departure from his normal style, his self-written dance single, “Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda” (benefiting VH1’s “Save the Music” initiative) has been picked up by app juggernaut Smule, inc. and is rapidly expanding Guy’s fan base. Singing in church as a youth, Guy later expanded his repertoire and developed his style during his time as a Jazz Vocal Performance major at Towson University. This mash-up led to Guy performing next to noted vocalists including Amanda Brown, Gloria Gaynor, Vivian Sessoms, Nick Hakim, Lexi Lawson (Rent) and others. Acting credits include: THEATER: Chicago (Drury Lane) Jelly’s Last Jam (Signature Theater), Side Show (Kennedy Center), Huckleberry Finn workshop (Alley Theater) TV: Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, Blacklist, Gossip Girl, Show Me a Hero, Feed the Beast, The Affair, The Mysteries of Laura. Instagram: @guylockard

Ciarán McCarthy

Ciarán McCarthy (John Seigenthaler)

Ciarán is thrilled to be back as John Siegenthaler in this compelling piece. Tour: Kinky Boots (1 st National), The Wedding Singer (1 st National). Off-Broadway: NYC Premiere of Plaid Tidings (York), Hospital Series (Axis). Las Vegas: “For The Record: Baz Luhrmann” (Mandalay Bay). LA: For The Record Series. TV: “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS), “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn” (NICKELODEON). Thanks to Ricky, Taran, Whitney, and Steven. Love to Christina. @ciaranjmccarthy

Brandon Michael Nase

Brandon Michael Nase (James Farmer)

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (3D Theatricals, Judah), Frozen Live at the Hyperion (dir. Liesl Tommy; Olaf), Little Shop of Horrors (Sharon Playhouse, Audrey II),  and Les Miserables (Dallas Theatre Center; dir. Liesl Tommy; Feuilly). MM in musical theatre from NYU, BM in music education from UNT. Thanks to Irene, Anthony and the DDO family, immense love to Jesus, Lauren and Naya!

Michael Nigro (Jim Zwerg)

Michael Nigro is thrilled to appear in FREEDOM RIDERS. Previous credits: MSG CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR (Patrick); Encore: AMERICAN IDIOT (Johnny); MVP: WENDYS SHADOW (Peter); Kidz Theater: WEST SIDE STORY (Riff), SOUTH PACIFIC (Cable); Broadway Workshop: PIPPIN (Pippin), CABARET (Emcee). TV/Movie: SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE (Friedrich), THIRSTY (Dancer), THE PEAK (Joe). Thanks to Mom, Dad, Meggy, Bri, and Stan.

Scot Redmond

Scot Redmond (Jimmy McDonald)

NYC Debut! A recent UConn graduate, past credits include Shrek the Musical (Donkey), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck), and Peter and the Starcatcher (Prentiss). Big thanks to the creative team, the support team, and the brave men and women who lived the story we're lucky to tell you today!

Don Rey

Don Rey (Albert Bigelow)

NYC: Lincoln Center, City Center Encores; National Tours: Irving, Berlin’s White Christmas, The Sound of Music, Camelot w/ Robert Goulet; International: Evita. Regional includes Paper Mill Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Walnut Street Theatre, Fulton Theatre, Maltz Jupiter, Pioneer Theatre, Geva Theatre, MSMT, Ogunquit Playhouse and California Music Theatre.


Nygel D. Robinson

Nygel D. Robinson (Joe Perkins)

Nygel D. Robinson’s recent theatre credits include Horse u/s in The Full Monty at the Engeman Theater, Horse in The Full Monty at the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, and The Negro in The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd at the CompassRose Theatre. Nygel is thrilled to be a part of this phenomenal work! He would like to thank God, his family, and friends for their non stop support. For Emma Phelps.

Brynn Williams

Brynn Williams (Diane Nash)

Excited to be back playing Diane Nash! Broadway: Bye Bye Birdie (Ursula), 13 (Cassie), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Betty-Lou Who), In My Life, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Off-Broadway: David Bowie's “Lazarus”. Regional Theater: Bruce Hornsby's“SCKBSTD” (Jill). Television/Film: Naked Brother's Band (Ohio Teen), Between the Lions (Ruby), Finky's Kitchen (“Runaway” Singer). Other Appearances: The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Pittsburgh Steelers National Anthem singer, Pittsburgh Steelers 75th Anniversary (Soloist), Good Morning America, NY Mets National Anthem Singer.

Joy Yandell

Joy Yandell (Frances Bergman)

New York debut. Regional: Jersey Boys, Dracula the Musical (Original Casts); 9 to 5 (Violet); MiXtape, (San Diego Critics Circle Award), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Narrator); Cabaret (Sally); I Love You, You're Perfect…; Beehive, the 60's Musical (Janis); Annie Get Your Gun (Annie). Thank you precious family, friends and Heavenly Father!

Toni Elizabeth White

Toni Elizabeth White (Lucretia Collins)

NYMF Debut! Broadway: Amazing Grace(Tennah & US Yema) Off Broadway: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; Tours: Dream Girls (Michelle), Guys & Dolls, Aida China(US Aida), Amazing Grace(Tennah), Aida National(swing); Regional favorites include: Peter Pan(Tiger Lily), Allegro (Hazel), Curtains, 9 to 5, Amazing Grace. Thanks to the team, endless love and gratitude to Mom, Dad & Andrew