The Broadway revival of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have committed suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf at New York's Booth Theatre (222 W. 45th St.) has been extended through June 5th, but the performances this weekend will be extraordinary.
Black men will come out in support of the show for "Brothers for colored girls ...," a performance and talkback during the Saturday, May 21st, matinee at 2 p.m. Following the show, celebrated playwright Keenan Scott III will moderate a Q&A with for colored girls … lead producer and four-time Tony Award-winner Ron Simons, activist Rev. Jacques Andre DeGraff, and special guest and Tidal senior vice president Jason Kpana. (Use code FCGBROS to attend "Brothers for colored girls ...")
Sunday, specifically "100 Women of Hip Hop Sisterhood Sunday," is for the ladies. This performance at 3 p.m. will be a lively gathering of Black women, and will include a talkback between director-choreographer Camille A. Brown, who is the first person to receive a Tony nod for Best Direction of a Play and Best Choreography, and NYC's 94.7 The Block's Afternoon Host Shelley Wade. The Universal Hip Hop Museum is a community partner for “100 Women of Hip Hop Sisterhood Sunday.” (Use code FCGSISGRL to attend the performance.)
Brown is the first Black woman to serve as both director and choreographer on Broadway in more than 65 years. She simultaneously celebrated Shange's seminal work and reinvented this celebration of Black womanhood that arrived on Broadway right on time during an age in which Black women are unapologetically demanding equity from their partners and society at large. If you saw Shange's original, then this production will feel familiar and fresh, and will confirm how Black women know themselves to be and will give a glimpse into the minds of Black women for those who aren't privileged to be one.
for colored girls ... received seven Tony Award nominations, the most of any play this year, including Best Revival, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for Kenita R. Miller, Best Costume Design of a Play for Sarafina Bush, Best Lighting Design of a Play for Jiyoun Chang, and Best Sound Design of a Play for Justin Ellington. In addition, for colored girls ... three Drama League Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Drama Desk Awards, and three Chita Rivera Awards.
for colored girls ... stars Amara Granderson, Tendayi Kuumba, Kenita R. Miller, Okwui Okpokwasili, Stacey Sargeant, Alexandria Wailes, and D. Woods. Rachel Christopher, Treshelle Edmond, McKenzie Frye, Kala Ross, and Alexis Sims serve the company as standbys and understudies.
Tickets are on sale for the show’s final weeks at Telecharge.com. Discounted tickets are now available to students who present a valid student ID at $25 per ticket.