Broadway is back and it’s Black. I want to shout hallelujah, and I suspect that many of those that attended the Broadway opening night for Thoughts of a Colored Man, written by Keenan Scott II and directed by Steve Broadnax III, at the John Golden Theatre (252 W 45th St.) did exactly that.
Say it with me — hallelujah—Broadway history was made because Thoughts of a Colored Man is the first Broadway show in history to be written, directed by, starring and lead produced by Black artists.
The star-studded opening night included high-profile guests from Anna Wintour to Wyclef Jean.
Deadline raves, “A marvel from start to finish! One of the best new plays to arrive on Broadway in ages” and New York Magazine says the production is “Exhilarating! Keenan Scott II’s great gifts shine!” New York Stage Review exclaims it is “Immensely powerful” and Amsterdam News praises it as “The most important play of the 21st century!”
The production is produced by Brian Moreland, Ron Simons, Diana DiMenna, Kandi Burruss, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Samira Wiley, The Shubert Organization, and The Nederlander Organization.
The Thoughts of a Colored Man ensemble cast features Emmy Award-winner Dyllón Burnside (PBS’ “Prideland”), Bryan Terrell Clark (Hamilton), Da’Vinchi (Starz’s upcoming “Black Mafia Family”), Grammy Award® nominee Luke James (Showtime’s “The Chi”), Tony Award® nominee Forrest McClendon (The Scottsboro Boys), Grammy Award nominee Tristan Mack Wilds (HBO’s “The Wire”), and Esau Pritchett (“Prodigal Son”).
As the sun rises on a single day in the pulsing heart of Brooklyn, seven Black men are about to discover the extraordinary – together. By Keenan Scott II, one of today’s boldest new voices, Thoughts of a Colored Man blends spoken word, slam poetry, rhythm, and humor into a daringly universal new play. Welcome to the vibrant inner life of being Black, proud, and thriving in the 21st century.
This richly theatrical mosaic shines brilliant light onto these men, a tight-knit brotherhood, revealing their most triumphant selves. Their vibrant and vulnerable experiences and feelings reverberate far beyond the barbershops and basketball courts of their community. They reveal the deeply human hopes, joys, sorrows, fears, and dreams of all men, all people.
The creative team for Thoughts of a Colored Man includes music by Te’La and Brother Kamau, set design by Tony Award® nominee Robert Brill, co-costume design by Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award® winner Toni-Leslie James and Devario D. Simmons, lighting design by Ryan O’Gara, projection design by Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee Sven Ortel, and sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman. Calleri, Jensen, & David serve as casting directors for the production.
Tickets are now available through March 2022. Visit www.thoughtsofacoloredman.com for more information.