Previews for the Broadway premiere of Jordan E. Cooper's Ain't No Mo' began November 9 after COVID cases within the company delayed the beginning of the run by a week. The production will officially open at the Belasco Theatre December 1.
See photos from first preview below.
The comedy imagines what would happen if the U.S. government offered Black Americans one-way plane tickets to Africa. The show played a world-premiere run at Off-Broadway's The Public Theater in 2019.
Cooper reprises his performance as Peaches from the Public run for the Broadway bow. He is joined by fellow Off-Broadway cast members Crystal Lucas-Perry (1776) as Passenger #5, Fedna Jacquet as Passenger #1, Marchánt Davis as Passenger #2, and Ebony Marshall-Oliver as Passenger #4. Shannon Matesky joins the company as Passenger #3.
Rounding out the company as understudies are Nik Alexander, Jasminn Johnson, Michael Rishawn, Kedren Spencer, Brennie Tellu, and Emma Van Lare.
Back at the helm from the Off-Broadway staging is Stevie Walker-Webb, making his Broadway debut. Walker-Webb's creative team also features lighting designer Adam Honoré, scenic designer Scott Pask, costume designer Emilio Sosa, co-sound designers Jonathan Deans and Taylor Williams, and wig designer Mia M. Neal.
Lee Daniels is producing, alongside the newly announced co-producers RuPaul, Dwyane Wade, and Gabrielle Union, with Wagner Johnson Productions serving as executive producers and general managers.