Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Broadway Preview: for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf

Broadway Preview: for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf

August 19 is the date set for the initial preview for Broadway's first revival of Ntozake Shange's Tony-nominated for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf.

Described as a choreopoem, this dramatically updated version of the play will feature Grammy-winning vocalist India.Arie in her Main Stem debut. Shirley Jo Finney will direct, while Tony winner Hinton Battle will choreograph this incarnation produced in part by Whoopi Goldberg.

The original 1976 Rialto production enjoyed a run of 742 performances at the Booth Theatre, and earned Trazana Beverley a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play.

for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf will open September 8 at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre. American Express cardholders will get first dibs on tickets beginning July 9.

To say the least, with all of the amassed talent thusfar, color me very intrigued.

UPDATE (7/31/08, 8:50 p.m. EDT): According to a July 30 Playbill story, the production has been "temporarily delayed" because one financial backer pulled out of the show.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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3 Comments:

At 25 June, 2008, Anonymous e said...

The choice of Shirley Jo Finney as the director is a mistake. Mark my words.

 
At 25 June, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

E, Great to hear from you after all these months. But you can't just make a statement like that and not tell us why! Please explain.

 
At 25 July, 2008, Anonymous wanda mckiver said...

The word dramatically scares me. I am a huge fan of this piece, and wouldn't mind watching it again in its original state..oh gosh! I pray that they don't change it too much, but again...the word dramatically is now stuck in my mind.

 

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