Phylicia Rashad to Direct BLUE on Broadway Spring 2020
Blue by Charles Randolph-Wright with music by Nona Hendryx, will receive its Broadway premiere spring of 2020 at a theater to be announced, under the direction of Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad who starred in both the play's 2000 world premiere at Arena Stage and 2001 New York premiere at Roundabout Theatre Company.
Rashad will be making her Broadway debut as a director with this production. Her directing credits include acclaimed productions of four August Wilson classics: Gem of the Ocean at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Joe Turner's Come and Gone at the Mark Taper Forum, and Fences at both the Long Wharf Theatre and the McCarter Theatre. Additionally, she has directed at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre and New York's Signature Theatre.
With fierce wit and astonishing honesty, Blue explores the complexities of identity and trust behind the carefully constructed façade of the Clarks, a socially prominent family that is struggling with the legacy and pitfalls of their own good fortune. Infused with a searing jazz and soul score, Blue celebrates the love and spirit of a family coming to terms with itself.
Randolph-Wright said, "Part of the inspiration for writing Blue was that I had never seen a family like mine on stage. I am thrilled that Blue will continue to open doors to a more diverse world, and also spread a little joy."
Hendryx said, "I am excited that Phylicia, Charles, and Brian are bringing Blue back to the stage. I am thrilled to be part of a play about a family coping with life, love, secrets, and lies."
Rashad added, "I am happy to be directing this play that brought me so much joy. It affirms the importance of theater and its power to touch the human heart."
Moreland commented, "Blue is a comedy, about a family reshaping ways to love unconditionally. We are thrilled and honored to bring this show to Broadway, under the visionary, watchful eyes of Ms. Phylicia Rashad.
Additional news about Blue including cast and design team will be announced shortly.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski
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