Billy Dee Williams starred in I Have a Dream, an evening of theatre and music celebrating the words and teachings of the Martin Luther King. The play premiered September 14, 1976, at the Ambassador Theatre.
Mahalia Jackson, a gospel singer and friend of King's, performed at the 1963 March on Washington. As King presented his prepared speech, she urged him to share with the audience a different, rousing speech he'd given in Detroit. King pushed aside his notes and began the iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.
Truly Blessed celebrated the life and music of Mahalia Jackson, from her childhood to her gospel career to her performance at the March on Washington. Written byand starring Esther Morrow, the musical premiered April 22, 1990, at the Longacre Theatre.
The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall, imagines Martin Luther King in his final hours on the night before his 1968 assassination. The play starred Samuel L. Jackson as King and Angela Bassett as a mysterious employee of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. The play, which earned the Olivier Award prior to its 2011 Broadway arrival, has become a popular title among regional theatres
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