1619 Cast Album

1619: The Journey of a People www.1619musical.com 

On August 20th, 1619, 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Point Comfort, Va. The 400-year journey that followed would change a nation and the world. From the beginning of American slavery to the Reconstruction, the Great Migration, the Civil Rights Era, and the modern movements for justice, 1619 : The Journey of a People packs generations of history into a musical theater experience. This dynamic and life-changing musical production commemorates the struggles, recognizes the heroes, and celebrates the American journey towards freedom and equality. Using various musical forms including hip-hop and jazz, this production takes audiences on a journey that illuminates the past while tackling important contemporary issues. 1619 truly has something for everyone!

The production was partially funded by a 2019 grant from the Illinois Arts Council and was recently nominated for the 2020 August Wilson Award for the Best Writing of a Musical by the Black Theater Alliance Awards. 

Since the world premiere in August of 2019, 1619 has been performed over a dozen times throughout Chicago and at various locations including Elmhurst College, Wheaton College, and Hampton University. It has been featured in various news outlets including the Chicago Defender, Daily Herald, WCIU’s The Jam, V103’s Chicago Speaks with Darryl Dennard, WVON’s Real Talk Real People with Chatdaddy, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, and Fox32 Chicago. 1619 has been performed for multiple sold-out audiences at the Greenhouse Theater and Kennedy-King Theater. Additionally, 1619 has a host of national and local community partnerships through sponsors like the DuSable Museum, WBEZ Radio, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, US Census, Phalanx Family Services, and Howard Brown Health Center. 

We are fundraising to support the 1619 Documentary and Music Project. In order to produce a high quality studio recording of the 10 original and 2 historic songs in the show, we will need support. Furthermore, the documentary project is designed to tell both the story of African-Americans, and the musical production.  We plan to release both together for streaming distribution in the Spring of 2021. Our goal is to share the message of this musical production with the world. We need your help to do so...and we'd love to publicly acknowledge you as a sponsor for your contribution!

This program partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.



  • Cynthia Walls 
    • $50 
    • 4 mos
  • ShaLayla Simmons 
    • $30 
    • 5 mos
  • Brenda Williams 
    • $200 
    • 5 mos
  • shellie williams 
    • $100 
    • 5 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 5 mos
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Ted Williams 
Chicago, IL
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