Lupita Nyong’o And Danai Gurira Are Coming To Broadway In “Eclipsed”

October 20, 2015  |  

It’s no surprise that we want Lupita Nyong’o to collect these checks. So naturally, we were happy to learn that her most recent gig will be on Broadway.

Nyong’o, who will also star in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will reprise a role she is now playing in a production called Eclipsed. Currently being performed off Broadway at the Public Theater, Eclipsed is written by Danai Gurira, best known for her role as Michonne on “The Walking Dead.”

According to the New York Times, the play is a “drama about the relationships among a group of women who are detained and raped by a Liberian rebel officer.”

The production at the Public Theater has been extended twice and is currently sold out.

Gurira is one of the few women to have her play make it to Broadway.

Broadway performances are scheduled to begin in February.

Eclipsed will join a list of racially diverse productions headed to the “Great White Way” in the upcoming year including Hamilton which employees Black and Hispanic actors to play America’s founding fathers, The Gin Game, starring James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson in roles historically played by White actors. On Your Feet! about Gloria Emilio Estefan, Allegiance about Japanese American internment camps, The Color Purple, Hughie with Forest Whitaker in the lead role, and Shuffle Along starring Audra McDonald, a musical that features a full Black cast.

Stephen Byrd, a producer for the show, said that Nyong’o turned down three film roles in order to commit to doing this play.

The Public production of Eclipsed is scheduled to end on Nov. 29 and the Broadway production will begin on February 23, with an official opening on March 6. It is expected to run for 17 weeks with the same cast featured in the Public Theater production.

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