The reimagined Broadway revival of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf, which was directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Camille A. Brown, is slated to stage its final performance at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street) on May 22, 2022.
for colored girls ... is Shange's celebration of the power of Black womanhood, and Brown presents a reinvented and joyful production for her Broadway directorial debut. If you were fortunate to see the original play, which premiered at the Booth Theatre in 1976, then you'll still feel as if you're the eighth Lady comforting and loving on her seven sistas while they, in turn, pour into you. The choreopoem dismantles the stereotype of the always-strong, indefatigable, and emotionless Black woman, while highlighting our sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic shared and diverse experiences. In addition, Brown's choreography honors Black dance from West African to HBCU stepping to Hip Hop to merengue, and marks the first time a Black woman served as both director and choreographer on Broadway in more than 65 years. (If you saw Terence Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the Met's first Black opera, then Brown's choreography may feel familiar.)
“We are so proud to have brought Ntozake Shange’s brilliant choreopoem back to Broadway after 46 years from its original premiere and to have had the opportunity to share Camille’s vision and masterful work with a sensational ensemble of women on stage at the Booth Theatre each night,” said producers Nelle Nugent, Ron Simons, and Kenneth Teaton in a release.
The cast is Amara Granderson as Lady in Orange, Tendayi Kuumba as Lady in Brown, Kenita R. Miller as Lady in Red, 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. Rachel Christopher, Treshelle Edmond, McKenzie Frye, Kala Ross and Alexis Sims join the company as standbys and understudies. Sarafina Bush designed the costumes that are so integral to the development of the characters.
for colored girls … features set design by Myung Hee Cho, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, sound design by Justin Ellington, projection design by Aaron Rhyne, and hair and wig design by Cookie Jordan. The show features original music by Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby. Deah Love Harriott serves as the music director and Tia Allen is the music coordinator.
for colored girls ... has been nominated for three Drama League Awards and three Outer Critics Circle Awards. Its run deserves to be extended past May 22nd, especially since there is more to glean through multiple viewings.
The show's producers added, “As Broadway continues to rebound, we knew it would be challenging and our goal remains to present these voices and introduce a new generation of audiences to the power of theater and the power of Shange’s words.”
Tickets for the show's final weeks, including $25 student discount tickets, can be purchased here.