Previews for the Roundabout production of Charles Randolph-Wright’s Blue begin at the Gramercy Theatre on June 1. The show opens June 28.
Phylicia Rashad (Broadway’s Jelly's Last Jam, Into the Woods, Dreamgirls,The Wiz, Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death and Claire Huxtable on TV’s “The Cosby Show”) stars in the production, which will be directed by Sheldon Epps. Blue features music by Nona Hendryx and lyrics by both Hendryx and Randolph-Wright.
Also featured in the cast are Howard W. Overshown, Jewell Robinson, Randall Shepperd and Messeret Stroman.
Blue, which premiered at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage last April, involves the Clark family and their successful funeral home business in South Carolina. The absorbing ethnic comedy explores the search for unconditional love while the family matriarch “holds court at family gatherings and lays out her grandiose ambitions for her two sons’ futures.”
The design team comprises set designer James Leonard Joy, costume designer Debra Bauer and lighting designer Michael Gilliam. For additional information visit www.roundabouttheatre.org.
—By Murdoch McBride