‘Thoughts Of A Colored Man’ sets sight on Broadway opening
The play will transfer to the Great White Way at a venue to be announced.
Following a world premiere at Syracuse Stage, Keenan Scott II’s Thoughts Of A Colored Man will make its Broadway debut next season. A venue, as well as performance dates and casting are to be announced, but the creative team are aiming for a 2021 Broadway premiere.
Thoughts Of A Colored Man follows seven Black men living in Brooklyn, who share their hopeful stories and future fears. Combining spoken word, slam poetry and music, the thoughts of communities prejudiced in American society take center stage, opening a new voice in American theater.
Brian Moreland, Ron Simons, Diana DiMenna, Samira Wiley, and Sheryl Lee Ralph serve as producers for Thoughts Of A Colored Man. Ahead of the show, Moreland said: “From our very first reading in 2017, [Keenan’s] voice was raw, pure, and honest for our world today.
Hupp continued to say: “Thoughts of a Color Man demonstrates the important role non-profit regional theater plays in the ecology of Broadway. Giving this play its first artistic home was a distinct honor, and we are thrilled to know Keenan’s powerful work will be among the first productions to reopen Broadway. It is the right play for right now.”
The upcoming premiere of Thoughts Of A Colored Man will mark the Broadway writing debut for Scott as playwright, as well as Steve H. Broadnax III’s directorial debut.
The creative team includes music by Te’La and Brother Kamau, scenic design by Robert Brill, co-costume design by Toni-Leslie James and Devario D. Simmons, lighting design by Ryan O’Gara and sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman.
Thoughts Of A Colored Man will open on Broadway at a venue to be confirmed.
Photo credit: Thoughts Of A Colored Man production image (Photo courtesy of DKC/O&M)