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Then and Now: See the Original 1976 Cast of For Colored Girls… Visit the Current Broadway Revival

Directed and choreographed by Camille A. Brown, the revival of the Ntozake Shange choreopoem opens April 20 at the Booth Theatre.

The Broadway revival of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange, officially opening April 20 at the Booth Theatre, hosted the cast of the original 1976 Broadway production earlier this week.

Following seven women, Shange’s choreopoem explores their stories and how they find strength in each other’s humor and passion through a fusion of poetry, dance, music, and song.

The Camille A. Brown-directed revival features Amara Granderson as Lady in Orange, Tendayi Kuumba as Lady in Brown, Kenita R. Miller as Lady in Red, Okwui Okpokwasili as Lady in Green, Stacey Sargeant as Lady in Blue, Alexandria Wailes as Lady in Purple, and D. Woods as Lady in Yellow.

Aku Kadogo, Risë Collins, Trazana Beverly (front), Laurie Carlos, Seret Scott, and Paula Moss

In the original production, Lady in Orange was played by Shange, Lady in Brown was played by Janet League, Lady in Red was played by Trezana Beverley, Lady in Green was played by Paula Moss, Lady in Blue was played by Laurie Carlos, Lady in Purple was played by Risë Collins, and Lady in Yellow was played by Aku Kadogo.

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Brown makes history with the revival, becoming the first Black woman to serve as choreographer and director on a Broadway production in more than 65 years.

The original Broadway production, which also ran at the Booth Theatre, earned a 1977 Tony nomination for Best Play, and Beverley, the production’s Lady in Red, won the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Among its other award recognitions are four Drama Desk nominations and one win, as well as winning the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical and a Theatre World Award win for Beverley.

For tickets and more information, visit ForColoredGirlsBway.com.

Check out photos of the two casts meeting below.

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See Original 1976 Broadway Cast of For Colored Girls… Visit the Current Broadway Production

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