Crowns traces the roots of Gospel music through contemporary hip hop, fusing rich storytelling with abundant "hattitude" into a stirring coming-of-age tale. When Englewood-born Yolanda is sent down South after the death of her brother, she finds strength in the tales of the wise women who surround her-and the powerful rituals connected to their dazzling hats. A celebration of the individuality of the human spirit-and what is passed down from generation to generation- Crowns has distinguished itself as the most-produced new musical in the US over the past decade.
"Crowns" runs June 30 through August 5 in the Goodman's Albert Theatre. Tickets ($29 - 88; subject to change) are now on sale and can be purchased at www.goodmantheatre.org/crowns by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn).