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Booth Theatre (Broadway) (New York, NY)
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Structurally, For Colored Girls is a series of 20 poems, collectively called a 'choreopoem.' Shange's poetry expresses the many struggles and obstacles that African-American women face throughout their lives. It is performed by a cast of seven women characters, each of whom is known only by a color: "Lady in Yellow," "Lady in Purple," etc.



The poems deal with love, abandonment, rape, and abortion, embodied by each woman's story. For example, Lady in Blue's visceral account of a woman who chooses to have an abortion, and Lady in Red's tale of domestic violence. The end of the play brings together all of the women for a "laying on of hands," in which Shange evokes the power of womanhood as the Lady in Red begins the mantra "I found God in myself/and I loved her/I loved her fierce."



BWW Review: FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE / WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF at Penumbra Theatre
by Karen Bovard - Sep 24, 2018

In keeping with their tradition of honoring the ancestors and artistic leaders of past generations, Penumbra Theatre is opening this season by revisiting Ntozake Shange's groundbreaking iconoclastic work, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, which won an Obie in 1976 for its Broadway run, which I saw. Let's pause to note that it was the first Broadway show written by a Black woman since Lorraine Hansberry's RAISIN IN THE SUN in 1959. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - September 15, 2018
by - Sep 15, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on September 15 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look At African-American Shakespeare Company's FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2018

African-American Shakespeare Company opens their 2018-19 Season with Ntozake Shange's 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf', a play that hasn't been professionally produced in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years. (more...)

Photo Flash: Open Stage of Harrisburg Presents CARRIE THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

Based on Stephen King's chilling tale, Carrie the Musical brings the cult-classic to the stage. Carrie White, a misfit in high school, is relentlessly hounded and bullied by the popular crowd. At home, she's at the mercy of her cruel, zealot mother. After a traumatic encounter at school, Carrie discovers a shocking and eerie new power.  And if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use it. (more...)

Wake Up With BWW 10/29: A Very WICKED Halloween, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Oct 29, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: A Very Wicked Halloween airs tonight on NBC, and more! (more...)

Ntozake Shange, Tony Nominated Writer of FOR COLORED GIRLS... Has Passed Away at 70
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2018

Ntozake Shange, Tony nominated writer of the play, for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, has died at age 70. (more...)

Obsidian Theater Announces 2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2017

This season Obsidian Theater takes you from the Kit Kat Club in Hitler's Germany to the swamplands of South Carolina to pressure filled NYC and even an abandoned cabin in the woods. (more...)

Vote For The 2018 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards; THE COLOR PURPLE Leads Best Tour!
by BWW Staff - Nov 26, 2018

There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts Announces 2018 Winter Season In NYC
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2017

Adrienne Willis, Executive and Artistic Director of LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts, today announced the third edition of the organization's acclaimed LUMBERYARD In The City Winter Festival, which takes place from January 25 February 10 at New York Live Arts in New York City. The 2018 Winter Festival will feature genre-blurring productions from three daring and highly accomplished artists, including choreographer Kei Takei and her company Moving Earth Orient Sphere who will present the New York premiere of LIGHT, Part 44 (Bamboo Forest) (??) and Solo from LIGHT, Part 8 (January 25-27); playwright and performance artist Robbie McCauley, who presents the New York premiere of Sugar (February 1-3); and choreographer, dancer and visual artist Dana Reitz, who will present her new world premiere work (February 8-10). (more...)


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Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Nov. 12
by Audition Roundup - Nov 12, 2017

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, November 12, 2017 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)

Nominations Announced for the 39th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards!
by Alan Henry - May 31, 2018

At a press conference held May 31 in the lobby of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced 237 nominations for the 39th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, which recognize excellence in the performing arts in Toronto. (more...)

CRYSTAL BUSH Brings Humanity To Hollywood Fringe Starring In 17th FLOOR
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2018

Actress Crystal Bush brings an emotional tale of humanity to the stage starring in Katie Letien's new play, 17th FLOOR, as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival with five premiere performances beginning June 2nd. (more...)

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Mar. 18
by Audition Roundup - Mar 18, 2018

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, March 18, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)

Photo Flash: Trezana Beverley Headlines As Mabel Mercer In MABEL MADNESS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2018

THE THEATRE COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL ARTS CLUB in association with THE HARLEM SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL presented MABEL MADNESS: The Life and Times of Mabel Mercer.  Written by and Starring Tony Award Winner Trezana Beverley*. Pianist: Matthew Ward and General Manager: Debra Ann Byrd* (more...)

CRYSTAL BUSH Brings Humanity To Hollywood Fringe Starring In 17th FLOOR
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2018

Actress Crystal Bush brings an emotional tale of humanity to the stage starring in Katie Letien's new play, 17th FLOOR, as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival with five premiere performances beginning June 2nd. (more...)

CPT Announces 2018/2019 Fellows, Including National New Play Network Producer In Residence Award
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2018

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT)'s Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan is proud to announce the selection of four Northeast Ohio-based artists for 2018/2019 Season artistic fellowships, including a 2018/2019 National New Play Network (NNPN) Producer in Residence grant for emerging theatre-maker India Nicole Burton. CPT's 2018/2019 Fellowships include the Joan Yellen Horvitz Director Fellowship, the Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer Initiative, and the Nord Family Foundation Catapult Fellowship. (more...)

National New Play Network Announces 2018-19 Awardees
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2018

National New Play Network, the country's alliance of professional theaters that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays, announces its 2018-19 grant recipients, including the 2018 Smith Prize for Political Theatre, six Producer Residencies, and five Collaboration Fund awards that will support partnerships between multiple Member Theaters, playwrights, and other theater makers in various projects. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad To Play Beth's Mom On THIS IS US
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2019

According to Deadline, Phylicia Rashad has been cast to play the role of Beth's mom on upcoming episodes of the hit series THIS IS US. Read more about the news from Deadline here! (more...)

Northlight Theatre Continues its 2018-19 Season With NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2019

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, continues its 2018-19 season with Nina Simone: Four Women, written by Christina Ham and directed by Kenneth L. Roberson.Nina Simone: Four Women runs January 24 - March 2, 2019 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. The press opening is scheduled for Friday, February 1, 2019 at 8pm. (more...)

Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts Kicks Off 2018 Winter Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2018

LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts today kicks off the third edition of the organization's acclaimed LUMBERYARD In The City Winter Festival, which takes place from January 25 - February 10 at New York Live Arts in New York City. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 1/20/2018
by BWW - Jan 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/20/2018 for Dallas (more...)

Winners Announced for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Houston Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2019

We are pleased to announce the winners for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Houston Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Nominations were reader-submitted and voted on by you - the local theatergoers! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - January 2, 2019
by - Jan 2, 2019

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on January 2 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Irvington Town Hall Theater Celebrates Black History Month With Ntozke Shange Play
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2018

Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) will celebrate Black History Month with a one night only fully staged reading of Ntozake Shange's ground-breaking play for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf presented by 4th Wall Theatre on Saturday, February 24th at 7:30pm. (more...)

Winners Announced for the 2018 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2019

We are pleased to announce the winners for the 2018 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Nominations were reader-submitted and voted on by you - the local theatergoers! (more...)

Women's Voices Take Front And Center At Irvington Town Hall Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2018

Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) is thrilled to celebrate Black History Month with a one night only fully staged reading of Ntozake Shange's ground-breaking play for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf presented by 4th Wall Theatre on Saturday, February 24th at 7:30pm. (more...)

MADE TO DANCE IN BURNING BUILDINGS To Play At Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2018

Made to Dance in Burning Buildings by Anya Pearson is an explosive mix of poetry, theatre, and violent and visceral contemporary dance, which poses the question: how do we heal from trauma? (more...)

Photo Flash: Virginia Rep presents A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2018

"The play that changed American theatre forever" (New York Times) comes to Virginia Rep's November Theatre (114 West Broad Street) this February. Lorraine Hansberry's seminal masterpiece opens Friday, February 16th, 2018 , and runs through March 11th , with two preview performances on Wednesday, February 14th and Thursday, February 15th. (more...)

Court Theatre announces 2018/2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2018

Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell, announces its 64th season. (more...)

Ntozake Shange's FOR COLORED GIRLS Comes to Open Stage Of Harrisburg
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2018

Through movement, song, poetry and spoken word, Ntozake Shange's award-winning play, For Colored Girls Who have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow is Enuf, changed the landscape of modern theatre. Seven women of color tell stories of struggle, abandonment, pain, self-discovery, and sisterhood. (more...)

Boxcar Introduces SUNDAY SOLO SERIES In January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2018

Boxcar Theatre is pleased to announce its inaugural SUNDAY SOLO SERIES at The Palace Theatre, home of The Speakeasy, starting in January. The Series will feature three exceptional artists: magician-storyteller Kevin Blake and actor-singers Doris Bumpus and Dedrick Weathersby. (more...)

Vote For The 2018 BWW Houston Awards; SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS Leads Best Musical!
by BWW Staff - Dec 3, 2018

There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Houston Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Vote For The 2018 BWW San Francisco Awards; FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Leads Best Musical!
by BWW Staff - Dec 3, 2018

There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Chicago Theatres Ring In 2019 With An Exciting Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2018

The Chicago theatre community will ring in 2019 with major events, getting the Year of Chicago Theatre off to an exciting start. (more...)

Final Chance to Vote for the BWW Houston Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 24, 2018

It's the last week to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Houston Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Final Chance to Vote for the BWW San Francisco Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 24, 2018

It's the last week to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

LUMBERYARD presents Winter Festival featuring SUGAR By Bessie & Obie Award-Winner Robbie McCauley
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2017

LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts and the upcoming third edition of their acclaimed LUMBERYARD In The City Winter Festival taking place at New York Live Arts in New York City. (more...)

Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2018 BWW San Francisco Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 17, 2018

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2018 BWW Houston Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 17, 2018

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Houston Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Tony Winner Trezana Beverley to Star in A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Virginia Rep
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2017

The play that changed American theatre forever (New York Times) comes to Virginia Rep's November Theatre (114 West Broad Street) this February. Lorraine Hansberry's seminal masterpiece opens Friday, February 16th, 2018, and runs through March 11th, with two preview performances on Wednesday, February 14th and Thursday, February 15th. (more...)

FOR COLORED GIRLS....Opens 2018 Season at Obsidian Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2017

Obsidian Theater opens the 2018 season with the groundbreaking 'choroepoem,' For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf. This spellbinding collection of vivid prose and free verse narratives, about and performed by Black women can be see at Obsidian Theater, January 25 - February 17. (more...)

Three Weeks Left To Vote For the BWW Houston Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 10, 2018

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Houston Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Three Weeks Left To Vote For the BWW San Francisco Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 10, 2018

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad To Receive William Shakespeare Award For Classical Theatre; Laura Benanti to Perform
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2018

To acknowledge her outstanding contribution to classical theatre in America, Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) will present Tony-Award winning actress, singer and stage director Phylicia Rashad with the prestigious William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre (Will Award). (more...)

African-American Shakespeare Company Presents FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2018

For the first time in over 20 years the Bay Area will have the chance to experience Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls When The Rainbow is Enuf. This transformative and riveting evening of provocative dance, music and poetry tells the stories of 7 individual women dealing with the at times brutal, tender and dramatic arcs of their lives.  (more...)

Open Stage of Harrisburg Mounts CARRIE THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

Based on Stephen King's chilling first novel, Carrie the Musical brings the cult-classic to the stage. Carrie White, a misfit in high school, is relentlessly hounded and bullied by the popular crowd. At home, she's at the mercy of her cruel, zealot mother. After a traumatic encounter at school, Carrie discovers a shocking and eerie new power.  And if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use it. (more...)

Photo Flash: MADE TO DANCE IN BURNING BUILDINGS Comes To Joe's Pub On 4/24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2018

Made to Dance in Burning Buildings by Anya Pearson is an explosive mix of poetry, theatre, and violent and visceral contemporary dance, which poses the question: how do we heal from trauma? (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in South Bend - Week of 4/20/2018
by BWW - Apr 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/20/2018 for South Bend (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Anya Pearson's MADE TO DANCE IN BURNING BUILDINGS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2018

Made to Dance in Burning Buildings by Anya Pearson is an explosive mix of poetry, theatre, and violent and visceral contemporary dance, which poses the question: how do we heal from trauma? (more...)

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