Broadway’s neon lights shine with 10 new Black plays, musicals

  • Written by Stacy M. Brown
  • Published on 7th August 2021
    Broadway officials have said the shows will go on, but only at 100 percent capacity. So, if New York reinstates restrictions on indoor crowds, Broadway could shutter once again. (Courtesy photo)
  • After a somewhat experimental reopening in June with “Springsteen on Broadway,” the Great White Way has taken a step further into the mix with the Aug. 4 debut of “Pass Over” at the August Wilson Theatre.
  • Barring any restrictions, the late summer and fall plays and musicals will feature no less than a dozen African American-themed productions – 10 of which are new.
  • “There is some great Black entertainment on Broadway,” said Irene Gandy, the legendary and influential Broadway press agent who counts among the few African-American producers.
  • Among those Gandy and others have expressed excitement over are “Thoughts of a Colored Man,” “For Colored Girls,” and “Skeleton Crew.” The latter stars Phylicia Rashad and was written by “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” writer Dominique Morisseau.


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