PHOTO CALL: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom: Opening Night - Part 2

News   PHOTO CALL: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom: Opening Night - Part 2 After a much-maligned preview period, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom opened on Thursday Feb. 6 at the Royale Theatre on West 45th St. After the show, the Roosevelt Hotel on Madison Ave & 45th St hosted a party celebrating the event.
Charles Dutton at the opening night party for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at the Roosevelt Hotel
Charles Dutton at the opening night party for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at the Roosevelt Hotel

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.

To view the first page of photos from the opening of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, please click here.

Photos by Aubrey Reuben.

BOTTOM(L-R): Edie Falco, Louis Zorich and Olympia Dukakis, and Carl Gordon at the opening night of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

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