Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper

August Wilson's hard-hitting "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" opened September 11 and continues through October 16, 2016, at the Center Theatre Group/ Mark Taper Forum. "Ma Rainey..." is part of Wilson's American Century Cycle of 10 plays chronicling African American experience in 20th Century USA. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below!

Phylicia Rashad, who helmEd Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" at the Taper in 2013, directs this groundbreaking play which depicts the racism and exploitation in the music industry through a 1927 recording session in Chicago with a legendary blues singer. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" is inspired by the real-life Gertrude "Ma" Rainey.

The cast features, in alphabetical order, Greg Bryan, Keith David, Jason Dirden, Damon Gupton, Matthew Henerson, Nija Okoro, Lamar Richardson, Ed Swidey, Glynn Turman and LiLlias White.

Scenic design is by John Iacovelli, costume design is by Emilio Sosa, lighting design is by Elizabeth Harper, sound design is by Dan Moses Schreier, the music director is Steven Bargonetti, hair and wig design is by Carol F. Doran, the fight director is Steve Rankin and the production stage manager is David Blackwell.

Tickets for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" are available by calling (213) 628-2772 or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org. Tickets range from $25 - $85 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Mark Taper Forum is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

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Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
Director Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen

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Director Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
Director Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
Director Phylicia Rashad

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Director Phylicia Rashad

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Director Phylicia Rashad

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Debbie Allen

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Debbie Allen

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Debbie Allen, director Phylicia Rashad, actress Kate Burton and dancer Vivian Nixon

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, actress Kate Burton and dancer Vivian Nixon

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
Director Phylicia Rashad (center left) and the cast pose during the party for the opening night performance of Ma Rainey'S BLACK BOTTOM at the Taper

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
Director Phylicia Rashad (center left) and the cast

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
Director Phylicia Rashad (center left), cast member LiLlias White (center front) and the company

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
Director Phylicia Rashad (center left), cast member LiLlias White (center front) and the company

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
Director Phylicia Rashad (center left), cast member LiLlias White (center front) and the company

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
The cast during the curtain call

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
The cast during the curtain call

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
The cast during the curtain call

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
The cast during the curtain call

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
Cast member LiLlias White waves during the curtain call

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
Cast members Keith David, LiLlias White and actors Dawnn Lewis and Jesse Williams pose backstage

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
Cast members LiLlias White, Lamar Richardson and Nija Okoro

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
Director Phylicia Rashad and cast member LiLlias White

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
Director Phylicia Rashad and cast member LiLlias White

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Actresses Angela Bassett and Dawnn Lewis

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Actresses Angela Bassett and Dawnn Lewis

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Cast members Damon Gupton, Jason Dirden, actress Angela Bassett and cast member Glynn Turman

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Cast member Jason Dirden, actress Angela Bassett and cast member Glynn Turman

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Actress Margaret Avery, cast members Glynn Turman and Damon Gupton, actress Dawnn Lewis and cast member Jason Dirden

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Cast members Jason Dirden, Glynn Turman and Damon Gupton

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Cast member Jason Dirden and actor Jesse Williams

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
Cast member Jason Dirden and actor Jesse Williams

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
Cast member Jason Dirden and actor Jesse Williams

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Actor Jason Winston George, cast member Keith David and actor Dule Hill

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Cast members LiLlias White and Nija Okoro

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Cast members LiLlias White and Nija Okoro

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Cast members Jason Dirden and Keith David

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Actors Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Merle Dandridge

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Cast members Damon Gupton and Jason Dirden

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Cast members Damon Gupton, Jason Dirden and Greg Bryan

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Director Phylicia Rashad and cast members Keith David and LiLlias White

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
Cast members LiLlias White, Lamar Richardson, Ed Swidey and Nija Okoro

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Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner and director Phylicia Rashad

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Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner and director Phylicia Rashad

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Cast member Damon Gupton, actress Kate Burton and Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie

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Actor Roger Guenveur Smith and cast member LiLlias White

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Cast members Ed Swidey and Lamar Richardson

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Cast member Lamar Richardson and actor John Earl Jelks

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Cast members Matthew Henerson and Greg Bryan

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Actors Wilson Cruz and Angela Bassett

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Actors Wilson Cruz and Angela Bassett

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Actress Angela Bassett

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Actress Angela Bassett

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Actors Dule Hill and Jazmyn Simo

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Actors Dule Hill and Jazmyn Simo

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Musician Cree Summer

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Musician Cree Summer

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Athlete Norm Nixon and Debbie Allen

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Athlete Norm Nixon and Debbie Allen

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Actor Dominic Hoffman and Debbie Allen

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Actor Jesse Williams

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Actor Jesse Williams

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Actor Wilson Cruz

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Actor Wilson Cruz

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Actress Dawnn Lewis

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Actress Dawnn Lewis

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Actor Shawn Carter Peterson

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Actor Shawn Carter Peterson

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Writer Matthew Weiner

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Writer Matthew Weiner

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Dancer Vivian Nixon and actor John Earl Jelks

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Dancer Vivian Nixon and actor John Earl Jelks

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Actress Nikki Crawford

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Actress Nikki Crawford

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Actor Merle Dandridge and Chris Johnston

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Actor Merle Dandridge and Chris Johnston

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Actress Merle Dandridge

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Actress Merle Dandridge

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Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More Celebrate MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Opening at the Taper
Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Actress Anna Maria Horsford

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Actress Jackee Harry

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Actor Jason Winston George

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Amber Morse and actor Dominic Hoffman

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Author Logan Westbrooks

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Ronice White and actor Al White

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Actress Chandra Wilson

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Actress Chandra Wilson

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Officer with Links, Inc. Deborah Beavers-Watford, President of the Museum of African American Art Berlinda Fontenot Jamerson and Carole Hall

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Director Phylicia Rashad, Ten Chimneys Foundation President Randy Bryant and cast member Ed Swidey




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