Tony-Nominated FOR COLORED GIRLS… Revival Will Remain on Broadway

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The company of for colored girls... | Photo: Marc J. Franklin

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Dan Meyer
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The revival of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who had considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf will stay open through June 5 at the Booth Theatre. The move comes after the show earned seven 2022 Tony nominations, including Best Revival of a Play, Director of a Play and Choreographer for Camille A. Brown, and Featured Actress in a Play for Kenita R. Miller.

Last week, producers announced they would close the show May 22 after less-than-ideal grosses and small audiences. In response, a groundswell of support saw many theatre insiders donating tickets to drive people to see the show before the final curtain.

Ntozake Shange’s “choreopoem,” as it’s often described in form, follows a series of monologues and dances exploring the life of Black women from joyful exaltation to devastating life changes.

The cast features Miller as Lady in Red, Amara Granderson as Lady in Orange, Tendayi Kuumba as Lady in Brown, Okwui Okpokwasili as Lady in Green, Stacey Sargeant as Lady in Blue, Alexandria Wailes as Lady in Purple, and D. Woods as Lady in Yellow.

Brown is making her directorial debut on Broadway with for colored girls… after serving as choreographer in a 2019 production at The Public Theater. The move made her the first Black woman to serve as both director and choreographer on a Broadway production in more than 65 years, and is now the first Black woman to earn a double nomination in the same year for those creative categories mentioned above.

‍‍For colored girls… features costume design by Sarafina Bush, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, and sound design by Justin Ellington, all of whom scored Tony nods as well. Rounding out the production team is set designer Myung Hee Cho, projection designer Aaron Rhyne, hair and wig design by Cookie Jordan, composer Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby, music director Deah Love Harriott, music coordinator Tia Allen, production stage manager is Bernita Robinson, and assistant stage manager lark hackshaw.

In addition, the show features casting by Erica Jensen/Calleri Jensen Davis and production supervision by Hudson Theatricals. Christina Franklin serves as the associate director and Maleek Washington and Mayte Natalio serve as associate choreographers.

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Dan Meyer

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.