Another Chance, written by Melanie Marie Ford, premiered Off-Broadway in 1997 at the Samuel Beckett Theatre on 42nd Street in New York City.
The production’s inaugural run was directed by Susan Watson Turner and dramaturged by Pamela Faith Jackson of the world-renowned Negro Ensemble Company (NEC); and was the first gospel musical produced by the NEC in its (then) 30 year history.
Another Chance then traveled to the Tony Award Winning Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick, New Jersey marking Melanie’s directorial debut and was produced by Dreams Come True, Inc. for 2 consecutive summers in 1998 & 1999.
The combination of runs at Samuel Beckett and Crossroads resulted in over 70 sold-out performances with nearly 20,000 theatre goers applauding for more.
Another Chance, a Gospel Musical Drama, is back by popular demand.
Set in present day urban America, Another Chance explores the world of DJ, a troubled teen, and the opposing forces battling for his life.
Family and friends try to pull him in one direction, while unsavory characters attempt to lure him down a path of destruction.
Confronted with street life, young love, and a painful past, DJ is forced to make one of the most important decisions of his life.
Featured on an 18 foot, 3-tier unit set, Another Chance is a heartwarming play for multicultural audiences with a universal message of hope, redemption and God’s unconditional love. Filled with twists, turns and elements of surprise, Another Chance is an untold story of triumph, tragedy and choices. Will DJ get Another Chance? The answer infuses mystery, suspense and comic relief.
Another Chance is critically acclaimed by the Star Ledger “Melanie Marie Ford is here to convince inner-city youth that they should never succumb to pressure from unworthy friends and never compromise the right values. ANOTHER CHANCE deserves every chance to find its audiences” and The New York Amsterdam News “ANOTHER CHANCE is a beautiful theatrical experience. This play has a believable, fully-developed storyline which is based on everyday life.”
With electrifying choreography that merges hip hop, ballet, liturgical and contemporary dance styles, coupled with 12 soul-stirring original songs encompassing pop, gospel, R&B, rap and jazz-inspired music, Another Chance is an unforgettable theatrical experience for the entire family.