The original production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom opened at the Cort Theatre in October 1984. The play, August Wilson's first Broadway production, won the 1984 New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Charles S. Dutton was nominated for a Tony Award for his prortrayal of Levee, a role he is reprising in the revival.
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Photos by Aubrey Reuben.
BOTTOM:(L-R) Betsy and Walter Cronkite, Lynn Redgrave, and Star Jones and Lela Rochon at the opening night of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.