The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Chuck Cooper
08 Nov 2013
Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper, who can currently be seen on Broadway in Romeo and Juliet, celebrates his birthday Nov. 8. To mark the occasion, the Playbill Vault looks back at his Broadway career.
Cooper made his Broadway debut as Brother Boxer in the musical Amen Corner, based on the play of the same name by James Baldwin. It told the story of a female Harlem pastor struggling to keep her life and her rebellious congregation together.
The production opened on Nov. 10, 1983, at the Nederlander Theatre and ran for 28 performances.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.