Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls to Begin Previews!

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Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem “For Girls of Color Who Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf” will begin previews on Broadway for the first time and will premiere at Booth Theatre on March 4, 2022.

Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem will begin previews

The play was originally performed there in 1976. The opening night is scheduled for March 24th. As previously reported, Tony nominee Camille A. Brown (once on this island, Fire Shut Up in My Bones) choreographed the 2019 revival in the public theater. And now she will make her debut at the Broadway Director’s Office. Lee Asia C. Gardner is at the helm of the production at his home in the city center.

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Other creative teams and cast members are still to be announced. “In all the shows, as an opportunity to debut as a Broadway director and choreographer for the first time, For Colored Girls… it feels like a gift,” Brown said. “I am very happy to be commissioned to combine all of my parts-dance, music, and theater art-to share this eternal story with the world again.”


Ntozake Shange altered forms use poems, songs, and acting to tell the stories of seven black women. Each woman tells the story of her having to survive in a world shaped by sexism and racism. The show premiered in The Public in 1976 and then opened on Broadway on September 15, 1976. Brown’s work this season was also performed on the Metropolitan Opera with Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

Her Broadway directorial debut is in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf. She also choreographed New York’s latest work for girls of color, which will be played during the 2019-2020 season of the Public Theater. The casting and additional creative teams for girls of color have not yet been announced.

Credits featured image – Ntozake Shange, Reid Lecture, Women Issues Luncheon, Women’s Center, November 1978


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