Huntington's The Colored Museum Directed by Billy Porter Begins Tonight

News   Huntington's The Colored Museum Directed by Billy Porter Begins Tonight Huntington Theatre's production of George C. Wolfe's The Colored Museum, directed by Tony Award winning actor Billy Porter, will begin performances tonight in Boston. The Kinky Boots performer says that the play is one very close to his heart.

"The Colored Museum came into my life at a very formative time," says Porter according to Huntington Theatre. "I was a teenager longing for more than just one type of 'Black' representation in the creative storytelling landscape. George Wolfe's unique and irreverent voice of inclusion ignited the fire of possibility inside of me and set me on a creative journey that included stretching myself beyond what, up until then, I thought was possible for a little black gay boy from the ghetto. I am forever grateful."

Porter won the 2013 Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for Kinky Boots.

Performances of The Colored Museum will run through April 5. The cast features Nathan Lee Graham, Capathia Jenkins, Ken Robinson, Shayna Small and Rema Webb.

Here's how the show is billed: "The Colored Museum presents 11 hilarious “exhibits” of African-American culture — from the depths of the Celebrity Slaveship to the spinning heights of Harlem. Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe’s groundbreaking comedy has electrified, discomforted, and delighted audiences of all colors, skewering stereotypes and redefining what it means to be black in contemporary America."

The production features music direction and arrangements by James Sampliner, scenic design by Clint Ramos, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Driscoll Otto, sound design by John Shivers and Kevin Kennedy and projection design by Zachary G. Borovay. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit huntingtontheatre.org

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