'Champion'

'Champion'

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Aubrey Allicock, center, and Arthur Woodley, in rear atop balcony, as Young Emile Griffith and an older Emile Griffith, with cast members in "Champion." Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard composed the music for Michael Cristofer's libretto about Griffith's struggles as a gay boxer.