5 Black Broadway Productions You Should Support This Fall

September 16, 2011  |  

by Tyrus Townsend

In most recent years, black performers, playwrights and producers have become increasingly visible on the Broadway stage and this fall is ushering in a stellar line-up that will be sure to command the attention of the biggest critic. From revivals to adaptations , these five pieces are filled with the electrifying talent of African-American actors and storylines of Black playwrights.

The Mountaintop

Have you ever wondered if there were any truths behind the rumors surrounding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his numerous encounters with women? In this play, thespians Samuel L. Jackson portrays the late Civil Rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner and Angela Bassett (who replaced Halle Berry) plays a hotel maid. Their paths cross right before his famous “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech in Katori Hall’s play. Under the direction of Kenny Leon, known for his revivals of Fences and A Raisin In The Sun, the production is slated to hit the stage on October 13th at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

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