Starboy is an extraordinary new musical written and performed by world-renowned theatre artists, Ray Shell and Chris Van Cleave. Original workshop production and concept album were produced at Barton College in 2017; this concert draws from that original work and features an all-star cast of award winning local artists, including Yolanda Rabun, Melvin Gray Jr., Sherry Lee Allen, Lessette, Penny L. Bennett, Clay Raines, Lindsay Cookson, Brooke Edwards, Charles Eric Jones, Zachery Rayburn, Sam Johnson.

While covid-19 has forced the temporary closure of theatres throughout the Country, the Paramount has been developing an outstanding series of one-act concerts drawn from original material and popular Broadway musicals. The shows are rehearsed and performed with stringent safety measures in place, and make for a wonderful night out! Your pre-purchased ticket includes a contact-free selection of individually packaged “grab-and-go” concessions that can be taken into the theatre, where folding seat-trays are available. Tickets are limited to permitted audience capacities, so secure yours today!

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Book & Lyrics by Ray Shell
Additional Lyrics by Chris Van Cleave
Music by Chris Van Cleave & Ray Shell
1955, Eastern North Carolina, ambitious father, Josiah James Sr. pushes his family’s gospel singing group toward his personal dream of success.  Just as their first contract with a major record label is offered, star singer, Josiah James Jr., is lured away to a solo career by powerful music moguls.  They rebrand him 'Starboy", control his every move, and drive him to the brink of personal and professional destruction. STARBOY is a story of dreams and relationships between mixed-race, interrelated families who discover that blood is thicker than water. They face prejudices and dangers, make sacrifices and choices, and discover that the love they share is the only thing of lasting value when all is sung and done.
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