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Photos: Celebration of JAJA'S AFRICAN HAIR BRAIDING At The Museum of Broadway

Four wigs from the five-time Tony Award nominated play have been added to the museum’s impressive collection.

By: Jun. 14, 2024
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One of this season's most well loved plays, Jaja's African Hair Braiding is taking center stage at the Museum of Broadway!

Four wigs from the five-time Tony Award nominated play have been added to the museum’s impressive collection of costumes, artifacts, props, and other rarities spanning centuries of groundbreaking Broadway history.

Designed by 2024 Special Tony Award for Excellence recipient, Nikyia Mathis, the wigs are now on display for visitors to see. 

Madison Wells and the museum recently collaborated on a celebration in honor of Jocelyn Bioh's Tony-nominated play. See photos from the event below!

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding made its world premiere on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on September 12, 2024 with an official opening night of October 3, 2024. The limited-run play closed on November 19, 2024 after two extensions. The critically acclaimed play will embark on a multi-city tour beginning this fall with planned stops at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C (September 6).; Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California (November 8), and Chicago Shakespeare Theater in Chicago (January 14, 2025) with casting to be announced. 

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding welcomes you into Jaja’s bustling hair braiding salon in Harlem where every day, a lively and eclectic group of West African immigrant hair braiders are creating masterpieces on the heads of neighborhood women. During one sweltering summer day, love will blossom, dreams will flourish and secrets will be revealed. The uncertainty of their circumstances simmers below the surface of their lives and when it boils over, it forces this tight-knit community to confront what it means to be an outsider on the edge of the place they call home. 

The Broadway cast of Jaja’s African Hair Braiding featured Brittany Adebumola as Miriam, Maechi Aharanwa as Ndidi, Rachel Christopher as Jennifer, Kalyne Coleman as Chrissy/Michelle/LaNiece, Somi Kakoma as Jaja, Lakisha May as Vanessa/Radia/Sheila, Nana Mensah as Aminata, Michael Oloyede as James/Sock Man/DVD Man/Jewelry Man, Dominique Thorne as Marie, and Zenzi Williams as Bea with understudies Victoire Charles, Abigail C. Onwunali, Onye Eme-Akwari, Morgan Scott, and Rachel Christopher.

The production featured scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, original music and sound design by Justin Ellington, video design by Stefania Bulbarella, and hair and wig design by Nikiya Mathis. Dawn-Elin Fraser was the dialect and voice coach, and Melanie J. Lisby was production stage manager.

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding is nominated for five 2024 Tony Awards, including Best Play, Best Direction of a Play (White), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Zinn), Best Costume Design of a Play (Ayite), Best Sound Design of a Play (Ellington). Nikiya Mathis is the recipient of a special 2024 Tony Award for her Hair and Wig Designs. 

Photo Credit: Santiago Felipe 

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Evan Mayer, Jamie Forshaw, LaChanze, and Gigi Pritzker

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LaChanze

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Ngozi Anyanwu and ChiChi Anyanwu

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Julie Boardman and Evan Mayer

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Meghan Picerno

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Olivia Hernandez, Eric Ulloa and Brett Ryback

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Henry Tisch and Tim Jackson

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Rob Ahrens, Alecia Parker, Robyn Goodman, and Anna Louizos

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Tom Smedes and Kate Cannova

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Jaja's African Hair Braiding Cake

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Jocelyn Bioh

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Somi Kakoma, Jocelyn Bioh, Lakisha May, ChiChi Anyanwu

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Chris Harper, Alecia Parker, Jamie Forshaw, Gigi Pritzker, Meghan Kennedy, Jessie Nelson

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Madison Wells Live Celebrates Jaja's African Hair Braiding at the Museum of Broadway




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