Jordan E. Cooper’s AIN’T NO MO’ is Coming to Broadway; Lee Daniels Producing

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Jordan E. Cooper and Lee Daniels | Photos: Courtesy of DKC/O&M

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Dan Meyer
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July 11, 2022 10:36 AM
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Jordan E. Cooper’s Ain’t No Mo’ will fly up to Broadway after a smashing debut downtown prior to the pandemic. The comedy, which posits what life would look like if America offered its Black citizens a one-way ticket back to Africa, will begin previews November 3 at the Belasco Theatre. An opening night is set for December 1.

Cooper will star in the show, which combines sketch comedy, satire, and avant-garde theatrics, with additional casting to be announced later. Steve Walker Webb, who helmed the production at The Public Theater in 2019, will make his Broadway directorial debut. 

“Not since the original Dreamgirls, have I been so moved by a piece of theatre. I knew it would take something extraordinary to finally lure me to Broadway, and Ain’t No Mo’ is it,” says Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious), a lead producer with Brian Anthony Moreland. “Cooper is a revelation and I can’t wait for a whole new audience to lay witness to what he has created. Broadway ain’t gon’ be the same!”

The design team for the Broadway production will include scenic designer Scott Pask, costume designer Emilio Sosa, and lighting designer Adam Honoré. Wagner Johnson Productions will serve as general manager.

The 2022-2023 season is already off to a roaring start with Into the Woods opening last night. Next is The Kite Runner, opening July 21, and a slew of fall shows including the Death of a Salesman revival, the Broadway premieres of Leopoldstadt and & Juliet, the musical adaptation of Some Like It Hot, and even a Weezer residency. 

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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.

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