The Pulitzer Prize-winning A Soldier’s Play, by playwright Charles Fuller, will come to Broadway for a limited-engagement this season. Under the direction of Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun), the show will begin previews on December 27, 2019 at Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre. The official opening will be January 21, 2019.
Two exciting talents will star in the production produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company. Three-time Tony Award nominee David Alan Grier (Porgy & Bess) and Two-Time Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood (A Streetcar Named Desire) will play “Sergeant Vernon C. Waters” and “Captain Richard Davenport,” respectively.
Grier is well-known to television audiences for his work on the sketch comedy show In Living Color, as well as his recent work on the sitcom The Cool Kids. On Broadway, he has appeared in The First, Race, and Porgy & Bess, receiving Tony nominations for all three performances. Underwood was a longtime cast member of the television legal drama L.A. Law. He appeared on Broadway in 2012 as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire.
A Soldier’s Play first premiered Off-Broadway in 1981 at the Negro Ensemble Company. With a cast that included Adolph Caesar, Denzel Washington, Larry B. Riley, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Friedman, and Charles Brown, the production won the NY Drama Critics’ Circle and Obie Awards for Best Play. The play was adapted for the screen in 1984, retitled A Soldier’s Story, earning Academy Award & Golden Globe nominations for Best Film & Best Screenplay. This will be the first time that A Soldier’s Play is presented on Broadway.
“1944. A black Sergeant is murdered on a Louisiana Army base, and one tenacious investigator must race against his white leadership to unravel the crime before they unravel him.”
The design team will include Derek McLane (Sets), Dede Ayite (Costumes), Allen Lee Hughes (Lights),Dan Moses Schreier (Sound).
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October, 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.