Tuesday, September 02, 2008

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered... Broadway

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We were on our heels.

One of the most defining pieces of literature written for the 1970's American stage was to experience a revival on Broadway, thanks largely in part to a woman who redefined Broadway in the 1980's.

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf, Ntozake Shange's 1975 masterpiece of post-civil rights era black womanhood in America, at the hands of Whoopi Goldberg, starring soul songstreses India.Arie, was set to open September 8th on New York's "Great White Way." But recent news of the loss of a major financial backer has dimmed the lights on what was a highly anticipated show.

We're not sure if this production will ever see the light of Broadway but until then, there's still the the 1982 American Playhouse DVD (starring a young Lorreta Divine, Alfre Woodard and Lynn Whitfield) to hold onto.

46 comments:

Jovon Higgins said...

That's disappointing news...My mother has one of the original posters from the off Broadway play in 1976. I just hope this is a minor set back...Anyway, thanks for the update!

Eb the Celeb said...

Are you serious?

I was soooooo looking forward to this!

Anonymous said...

Man! I was looking forward to this one too. I wonder what happened and if somebody is going to bring some more money to it.

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I really wanted to see this. I'm disappointed.

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GangStarr Girl said...

For Colored Girls is my favorite piece of work ever. Ever! I saw it for the first time when I was 16, starring Jackee Harry and I fell in love (then of course picked up the book which I still browse every now and then). I actually, almost went to the audition for the Broadway version (but certain circumstances didn't allow it). I was looking forward to this. I can't believe this. This cannot happen. I'm seriously sad about this.

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Charece said...

Aww me and my sisters were saying how we wanted to go see it during the holiday.

Muze said...

awww man i wanted to see this!

Anonymous said...

truly one of the great plays of the 70s. it's amazing how they can bankroll remakes of crap but can't do it for us on this one. hopefully a new financial backer comes up (good luck with that one in this economy, tho).

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