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Ford's Theatre ( Washington, DC)
511 10th Street, NW
Washington, DC

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Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope is a musical revue with music and lyrics by Micki Grant. It was originally produced by Edward Padula.



The all-singing, all-dancing show focuses on the African American experience with songs on such topics as tenements, slumlords, ghetto life, student protests, black power, and feminism. The music is a mixture of gospel, jazz, funk, soul, calypso, and soft rock.



The show had its first staging at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. in 1971, with subsequent stagings at the Locust and Walnut Street Theatres in Philadelphia. The Broadway production, directed by Vinnette Carroll and choreographed by George Faison, opened on April 19, 1972 at the Playhouse Theatre, where it ran for two months before transferring to the Edison. It had a total run of 1065 performances. The cast included Grant, Alex Bradford, Hope Clarke, and Arnold Wilkerson. It was the first Broadway play to be directed by an African American woman. Time Magazine theatre critic T. E. Kalem praised the show, writing "This is the kind of show at which you want to blow kisses." The Los Angeles production featured Paula Kelly.


Arena Stage Presents OKLAHOMA! 10/22-12/26
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2010

As Arena Stage begins a new life in its renovated home at the Mead Center for American Theater in Southwest D.C., it opens its inaugural season with a classic American musical that similarly embraces life on a new frontier. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! is the first production at the Mead Center and features an all-star cast under the direction of Artistic Director Molly Smith. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! runs October 22-December 26, 2010 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

Micki Grant Receives 2009 Paul Robeson Award
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2009

Actors' Equity Association has announced that Micki Grant, a multi-award winning actor, composer-lyricist and playwright, is the recipient of the 2009 Paul Robeson Award. The award will be presented on Oct. 9, 2009 at the General Membership Meeting at Actor's Equity Association's headquarters in New York City. (more...)

Arena Stage Presents OKLAHOMA! 10/22-12/26
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2010

As Arena Stage begins a new life in its renovated home at the Mead Center for American Theater in Southwest D.C., it opens its inaugural season with a classic American musical that similarly embraces life on a new frontier. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! is the first production at the Mead Center and features an all-star cast under the direction of Artistic Director Molly Smith. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! runs October 22-December 26, 2010 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

Behind the Scenes: Careers On and Off Broadway Panel 11/8
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2010

On Monday, November 8, 2010, Behind the Scenes: Careers On and Off Broadway, a free panel discussion highlighting backstage careers in theatre, will take place at the Apollo Theater, presented by the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, the Apollo Theater Education Program, and the Broadway League. (more...)

Juneteenth Blues Cabaret debuts at Nuyorican 11/4
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2010

Fresh off its acclaimed hit August Wilson's Women, Juneteenth Legacy Theatre continues to highlight the African-American female experience with the Juneteenth Blues Cabaret, a tribute to five very special 'Queens of the Blues.' (more...)

Behind the Scenes: Careers On and Off Broadway Panel 11/8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2010

On Monday, November 8, 2010, Behind the Scenes: Careers On and Off Broadway, a free panel discussion highlighting backstage careers in theatre, will take place at the Apollo Theater, presented by the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, the Apollo Theater Education Program, and the Broadway League. (more...)

Juneteenth Blues Cabaret debuts at Nuyorican 11/4
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2010

Fresh off its acclaimed hit August Wilson's Women, Juneteenth Legacy Theatre continues to highlight the African-American female experience with the Juneteenth Blues Cabaret, a tribute to five very special 'Queens of the Blues.' (more...)

Behind the Scenes: Careers On and Off Broadway Panel 11/8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2010

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by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 17, 2010

Arena Stage begins a new life in its renovated home at the Mead Center for American Theater in Southwest D.C., opening its inaugural season with a classic American musical that similarly embraces life on a new frontier. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! is the first production at the Mead Center and features an all-star cast under the direction of Artistic Director Molly Smith. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! runs October 22-December 26, 2010 in the Fichandler Stage. There is already buzz of a Broadway transfer surrounding the show. Click below to see Oklahoma! onstage at Arena. (more...)

RIALTO CHATTER: Arena Stage's OKLAHOMA! Headed to Broadway in 2011?
by Rialto Chatter - Nov 10, 2010

As Arena Stage begins a new life in its renovated home at the Mead Center for American Theater in Southwest D.C., it opens its inaugural season with a classic American musical that similarly embraces life on a new frontier. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! is the first production at the Mead Center and features an all-star cast under the direction of Artistic Director Molly Smith. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! runs October 22-December 26, 2010 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

Photo Flash: OKLAHOMA! at Arena Stage!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2010

Arena Stage begins a new life in its renovated home at the Mead Center for American Theater in Southwest D.C., opening its inaugural season with a classic American musical that similarly embraces life on a new frontier. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! is the first production at the Mead Center and features an all-star cast under the direction of Artistic Director Molly Smith. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! runs October 22-December 26, 2010 in the Fichandler Stage. See below for the production photos! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Molly Smith Talks OKLAHOMA! at Arena Stage!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 10, 2010

Arena Stage begins a new life in its renovated home at the Mead Center for American Theater in Southwest D.C., opening its inaugural season with a classic American musical that similarly embraces life on a new frontier. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! is the first production at the Mead Center and features an all-star cast under the direction of Artistic Director Molly Smith. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! runs October 22-December 26, 2010 in the Fichandler Stage. See below for a look at the production! (more...)

Photo Flash: Maurice Hines and Original Broadway Cast Visit York's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

The cast of The York Theatre Company Musicals in Mufti presentation of Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope welcomed the great Maurice Hines, as well as original Broadway company members Ben Harney, Maria Thomas and George Faison, to performances over the weekend. The show played its performance on March 6 at The York Theatre at Saint Peter's. Scroll down for photos of Hines and company with the cast! (more...)

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields & Hope Clarke Attend DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE at York Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

The legendary Andre de Shields stopped by to visit the cast of Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, now in performance through Sunday, March 6 at The York Theatre Company.  He was joined by original Broadway cast member Hope Clarke, with guestsKecia Lewis and Natasha Yvette Williams. (more...)

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DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE to Run 7/20-30 at Freedom Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

New Freedom Theatre and Sandra Norris Haughton, Executive Producing Director, presents the musical review Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope with book, music and lyrics by Micki Grant. The show is conceived by Vinnette Carroll and is directed and choreographed by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj. Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope is onstage at 1346 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, from July 20 through July 30, 2016. For tickets and information visit: www.freedomtheatre.org. (more...)

2009 National Black Theatre Festival MainStage Productions Announced
by Buster Spiller - Jun 20, 2009

The 2009 National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) is taking place Aug. 3-8 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Shows will be presented at multiple venues throughout the city. Ticket prices range from $7-$42. A NBTF Stimulus Discount Ticket Package is available. (more...)

BroadwayWorld.com's On This Day - June 1, 2010
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Hartford Stage Presents 'Ella' with Fabrique
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2008

The legendary Ladies of Summer continue their captivating hold on Hartford Stage audiences with the swinging sound of the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald, in Ella, starring Broadway veteran Tina Fabrique. (more...)

CHILDREN OF GOD, THE MUSICAL Plays MITF July 13-31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2011

The Midtown International Theatre Festival presents Children of GOD, The Musical, a modern musical mash-up of inspiration for the next generation written by Charles B. Murray, IV. (more...)

CHILDREN OF GOD, THE MUSICAL Plays MITF July 13-31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2011

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August Wilson's FENCES Plays South Coast Repertory's Segerstrom Stage, 1/22-2/21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2010

Fences, August Wilson's powerful story of a fractured African-American family in 1950s Pittsburgh, comes to South Coast Repertory's Segerstrom Stage January 22 through February 21. (more...)

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem Announces Feb 2010 Events
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2010

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem's February 2010 schedule of events are chock full of choices for all from newcomers to the music to seasoned fans of music. (more...)

National Jazz Museum in Harlem Announces Their February Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2010

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Hollywood Publicist Shirley Carroll O'Connor Dies at 93
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2011

Longtime Hollywood publicist, Shirley Carroll O'Connor, whose colorful career included 25 years as the first female press agent under the Big Top of the Clyde Beatty, Cole Bros. and Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circuses, has died at the age of 93, in Laguna Hills, California. (more...)

August Wilson's FENCES Plays South Coast Repertory's Segerstrom Stage, 1/22-2/21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2010

Fences, August Wilson's powerful story of a fractured African-American family in 1950s Pittsburgh, comes to South Coast Repertory's Segerstrom Stage January 22 through February 21. (more...)

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Feb 29, 2016

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, celebrates musical revues with the season opener of the Winter 2016 Musicals in Mufti Series: Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, a musical entertainment with by Micki Grant, conceived by Vinnette Carroll.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTH ME, I CAN'T COPE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2016

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, celebrates musical revues, presents the season opener of the Winter 2016 Musicals in Mufti Series: Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, a musical entertainment by Micki Grant, conceived by Vinnette Carroll. Scroll down to see photos! (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 2/27/2016
by - Feb 27, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 2/27/2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2016

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, celebrates musical revues with the season opener of the Winter 2016 Musicals in Mufti Series: Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, a musical entertainment with by Micki Grant, conceived by Vinnette Carroll. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast and creative team below! (more...)

DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Begins Tomorrow at York Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2016

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, celebrates musical revues, presents the season opener of the Winter 2016 Musicals in Mufti Series: Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, a musical entertainment with by Micki Grant, conceived by Vinnette Carroll. (more...)

Best Musical: Tony vs Grammy - Part 2
by Paul W. Thompson - Feb 25, 2008

Now that the 50th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is history, and before the Tony Awards season sneaks up on us, it might be a good time to do a little investigating into the relationship between the category that both award shows recognize-Best Musical, of course. (more...)

Photo Flash: York Theatre Company Fetes DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Composer Micki Grant
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2016

On the eve of the 45th anniversary of her seminal musical Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, multiple award-winning artist, Micki Grant, was honored at The York Theatre Company on Monday, February 22, 2016. Scroll down for photos from the festivities! (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Company of York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2016

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, celebrates musical revues with the season opener of the Winter 2016 Musicals in Mufti Series: Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, a musical entertainment with by Micki Grant, conceived by Vinnette Carroll. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast and creative team below! (more...)

August Wilson's FENCES Plays Final Show at South Coast Repertory's Segerstrom Stage 2/21
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2010

Fences, August Wilson's powerful story of a fractured African-American family in 1950s Pittsburgh, will play its final show on February 21. (more...)

National Jazz Museum in Harlem Announces Upcoming Events
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2010

National Jazz Museum in Harlem Events from February 22-28, 2010 (more...)

Full Cast Announced for York's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE as Part of Musicals in Mufti 2016
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2016

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, celebrates musical revues with the announcement of complete casting for the season opener of the Winter 2016 Musicals in Mufti Series: Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, a musical entertainment with by Micki Grant, conceived by Vinnette Carroll. (more...)

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Feb. 14
by Audition Roundup - Feb 14, 2016

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, February 14, 2016 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)

Dramatists Guild of America Continues DUOLOGUES With Grant and Corthron
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2010

The Dramatists Guild of America continues their successful DuoLogues seminar series, featuring a conversation between celebrated authors Micki Grant and Kia Corthron, occurring Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. (more...)

Arena Stage Presents OKLAHOMA! 10/22-12/26
by BWW News Desk - Dec 26, 2010

As Arena Stage begins a new life in its renovated home at the Mead Center for American Theater in Southwest D.C., it opens its inaugural season with a classic American musical that similarly embraces life on a new frontier. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! is the first production at the Mead Center and features an all-star cast under the direction of Artistic Director Molly Smith. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! runs October 22-December 26, 2010 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

Dramatists Guild of America Continues DUOLOGUES With Grant and Corthron
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2010

The Dramatists Guild of America continues their successful DuoLogues seminar series, featuring a conversation between celebrated authors Micki Grant and Kia Corthron, occurring Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. (more...)

2009 National Black Theatre Festival MainStage Productions Announced
by Buster Spiller - Aug 3, 2009

The 2009 National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) is taking place Aug. 3-8 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Shows will be presented at multiple venues throughout the city. Ticket prices range from $7-$42. A NBTF Stimulus Discount Ticket Package is available. (more...)

Alice Childress' TROUBLE IN MIND Opens Arena Stage at the Mead Center 2011-12 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2011

After a memorable and record-breaking inaugural year, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater celebrates its 61st anniversary season with Trouble in Mind, written by playwright Alice Childress. Childress was the first African-American woman to have her plays professionally produced in New York, and she became the first woman of color to win an Obie Award, in 1956 for Trouble in Mind (Best Original Production). (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 4/05/2015
by BWW - Apr 5, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/05/2015 for Dallas (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 4/26/2015
by BWW - Apr 26, 2015

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Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 4/19/2015
by BWW - Apr 19, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/19/2015 for Dallas (more...)

BroadwayWorld.com's On This Day - April 19, 2010
by - Apr 19, 2010

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on April 19 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 4/12/2015
by BWW - Apr 12, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/12/2015 for Dallas (more...)

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