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    The Closing Of Ntozake Shange’s Critically Acclaimed Choreopoem

    Experience Ntozake Shange’s powerful play, “For colored girls” is an impactful and thought-provoking play. is a powerful theatrical work. came back to Broadway on April 20, 2022, with tickets originally available until August 14, 2022. Unfortunately, the producers recently announced that the revival will close early on May 22.

    Broadway Revival of a Beloved Favorite

    Shange’s choreopoem originally premiered on Broadway 46 years ago. In 1976, for colored girls… received a Tony nomination for Best Play. For colored girls… is a play that celebrates the strength and power of Black womanhood. It brings together seven women who share their stories, finding strength in each other’s humor and passion through a blend of poetry, dance, music, and song.

    Leading the ensemble are actors Amara Granderson, Tendayi Kuumba, Kenita R. Miller, Okwui Okpokwasili, Stacey Sargeant, Alexandria Wailes, and D. Woods.

    Covid-19 and its Effect on Broadway’s Numbers

    It is a shame when any show that makes it to Broadway closes before it should. It is especially hard news to digest in a series of Broadway seasons that have struggled to remain open due to Covid-19 related delays and the pandemic’s effect on ticket sales. The producers, while disappointed to be closing this highly-anticipated revival, claimed that the decision is based on economics.

    Camille A. Brown and the Legacy of Ntozake Shange

    In the tradition of for colored girls… making history, director and choreographer Camille A. According to Variety, Brown is the first Black woman in over 65 years to direct and choreograph a Broadway production. According to the current Broadway production’s website, “for colored girls…” holds the record for being This play holds the record for being the longest-running by an African American writer in Broadway history.

    Tony Award nominations for this season have yet to be announced. for colored girls…, however, has already been nominated for New York Drama League and the New York Outer Critics Circle awards. Tickets are still available and can be purchased through the production’s website.

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