For Colored Girls Revival, Starring Grammy Winner India.Arie, to Arrive on Broadway This Summer
10 Mar 2008
Photo by IndiaArie.com
A revival of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf — a 1977 Tony Award nominee for Best Play — will arrive at a Broadway theatre to be announced this summer.
According to a casting notice, previews of the Obie-winning drama will begin on or about July 15 with an opening on or about Aug. 2. Grammy-winning R&B singer-songwriter India.Arie will head the company; no other roles have been cast.
Shirley Jo Finney will direct the production, which will feature choreography by Tony winner Hinton Battle. Whoopi Goldberg and DreamTeam Entertainment Group (Victor Walker, Harold Wheeler and Ned Goldstein) are the executive producers of the upcoming Broadway run.
The 1974 Obie-winning and Tony Award-nommed for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf played The Public Theater and jumped to Broadway 1976-78, with playwright Shange playing one of seven women who "reveal themselves, their lives, loves, hardships, and ultimately their discovery of strength and love."
The production was nominated for a 1977 Best Play Tony Award, and actress Trazana Beverley won a Tony in the category of Best Actress in a Featured Role (Play). The original Broadway company also featured Laurie Carlos, Risë Collins, Aku Kadogo, Janet League, Paula Moss and Ntozake Shange.
India.Arie has won two Grammys: for "Best Urban/Alternative Performance" for "Little Things" and "Best R&B Album" for "Voyage to India." She has been nominated for 14 other Grammys.
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