Marjorie Johnson Replaces Leslie Uggams in Dot Premiere

News   Marjorie Johnson Replaces Leslie Uggams in Dot Premiere
Marjorie Johnson has replaced the previously announced Leslie Uggams in the Vineyard Theatre's Off-Broadway premiere of Dot, Colman Domingo's family drama, directed by multiple Tony winner Susan Stroman. Tony winner Uggams has withdrawn following an offer for a recurring role on a television series.

Johnson will play the family matriarch and title role in Dot, which she originated during its premiere engagement at the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival earlier this year. The New York debut is set to begin previews Feb. 4, 2016, with an official opening Feb. 23.

Marjorie Johnson in <i>Dot</i>
Marjorie Johnson in Dot

The cast is also set to feature Finnerty Steeves, along with the previously announced Sharon Washington, Stephen Conrad Moore, Libya V. Pugh, Colin Hanlon and Michael Rosen.

Here's how the Vineyard bills the new work: "Dot is the story of family matriarch Dotty, whose three adult children gather for the holidays with more than exchanging gifts on their minds. As Dotty struggles to navigate life with dementia, her children fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves."

The production reunites Stroman and Domingo at the Vineyard following their work on the acclaimed John Kander and Fred Ebb musical The Scottsboro Boys, also starring Domingo.

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