Anika Larsen, author and star of Off-Broadway's SHAFRIKA, THE WHITE GIRL, and Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga chat and perform on this week's very special edition of SIRIUS XM Live on Broadway hosted by Seth Rudetsky. The program will air on SIRIUS XM Radio (SIRIUS 77 and XM 75) on Friday, June 12 at 7 p.m.; with encore broadcasts Sunday, June 14 at 11 p.m.; Tuesday, June 16 at 7 a.m.; and Wednesday, June 17 at noon.
SHAFRIKA, THE WHITE GIRL, a new musical presented by Jaradoa Theater, will begin Friday, June 12 through June 28 at the Dimson Theatre at The Vineyard, 108 East 15th Street (between Union Square East & Irving Place). Written by Anika Larsen, SHAFRIKA, THE WHITE GIRL is co-conceived and directed by April Nickell.
SHAFRIKA, THE WHITE GIRL tells Anika Larsen's own story of growing up in Cambridge, MA with nine Brothers and Sisters who are Black, White, Asian, Latino, and Native American. The 17-member cast portrays the many people in her world who help to shape Anika's identity while being raised in such a unique rainbow family. Along the way, she's forced to grapple with the truth in this unique and quirky exploration of race, identity and family. Book and lyrics for SHAFRIKA, THE WHITE GIRL are by Anika Larsen, with original music composed by Tim Acito, Joshua Henry and Janice Lowe.
Anika Larsen has appeared on Broadway in "Xanadu," "Rent" and "All Shook Up." Her Off-Broadway credits include "Zanna, Don't!;" "Miracle Brothers;" "How to Save the World and Find True Love in 90 Minutes;" and "Serenade." This July, Anika will be joining the Broadway cast of "Avenue Q" playing Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut.
The playing schedule for SHAFRIKA, THE WHITE GIRL will be June 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 25, 26, & 27 at 8 p.m., June 21 at 7 p.m., June 20 & 27 at 2 p.m., and June 28 at 3 p.m. Tickets: www.SmartTix.com (212) 868-4444. For more information, visit www.JaradoaTheater.org.