Tony Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad (A Raisin in the Sun) will make her Broadway directorial debut in the spring of 2020. She will stage a production of Charles Randolph-Wright’s play Blue, which will also feature musical by Nona Hendryx. Rashad starred in both the play’s 2000 world premiere at Arena Stage and the 2001 New York premiere at Roundabout Theatre Company.
Rashad shared her enthusiasm for the project: “I am happy to be directing this play that brought me so much joy. It affirms the importance of theater and its power to touch the human heart.”
Rashad has a host of regional credits at the helm, including Gem of the Ocean at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Mark Taper Forum, and Fences at both the Long Wharf Theatre and the McCarter Theatre. Additionally, she has directed at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre and New York’s Signature Theatre.
“With fierce wit and astonishing honesty, Blue explores the complexities of identity and trust behind the carefully constructed façade of the Clarks, a socially prominent family that is struggling with the legacy and pitfalls of their own good fortune. Infused with a searing jazz and soul score, Blue celebrates the love and spirit of a family coming to terms with itself.”
Playwright Randolph-Wright said, “Part of the inspiration for writing Blue was that I had never seen a family like mine on stage. I am thrilled that Blue will continue to open doors to a more diverse world, and also spread a little joy.”
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. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
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