PHOTO CALL: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom: Strike Up the Band

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Charles S. Dutton as Levee in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Charles S. Dutton as Levee in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Whoopi Goldberg and Charles S. Dutton star in the first Broadway revival of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, which opens Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Royale Theatre (242 West 45th St.) for a 23-week limited engagement. Marion McClinton directs.

The original production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottomopened 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.

BOTTOM: The cast of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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Photo by Joan Marcus