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Trouble in Mind on Broadway
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Trouble in Mind on Broadway Tickets

New York
29 Oct 2021 - 9 Jan 2022
293 Reviews on Show-Score

Trouble in Mind on Broadway Information

Trouble in Mind makes its Broadway debut presented by Roundabout Theatre Company at the American Airlines Theatre. Alice Childress's powerful and prescient drama, starring Tony Award winner LaChanze, finally reaches Broadway 64 years after an expected transfer was canceled. Trouble in Mind tickets are on sale now.

When Wiletta, a stalwart Black actress of the stage, is cast as the lead in a new Broadway production, she's thrilled just to be getting work. While other Black cast members struggle with painful stereotypes in the play, a Southern melodrama written and directed by white men, she encourages them to grin and bear it. Yet as rehearsals grow tense and the cast faces worsening mistreatment, Wiletta hits her limit with the white-run industry to which she's devoted her life.

Alice Childress's wry and witty examination of racism, identity, and ego in the world of New York theatre receives its long overdue Broadway debut. Childress's drama debuted off Broadway in 1955 at Stella Holt's Greenwich Mews Theatre, where it ran for 91 performances to critical acclaim. In a startling turn of life echoing art, producers refused to transfer Trouble in Mind to Broadway unless the ending was changed to something more upbeat. Childress refused, and the transfer, which would have made her the first African-American woman playwright in Broadway's history, never came to fruition. 

Trouble in Mind has received a resurgence of interest and regional revivals in recent years, including a celebrated production at Two River Theater, New Jersey in 2014. In an appreciation entitled "Alice Childress Didn't Defang Her Plays, and Producers Said No," New York Magazine theater critic Helen Shaw wrote: "Any list of great American playwrights is incomplete without Alice Childress .... Everyone should be reviving Childress's work." Roundabout Theatre now heeds the call, giving Trouble in Mind its Broadway debut.

Reviewing the revival at Two River Theater in The New York Times, critic Michael Sommers declared it a "rich, unsettling play that lives up to its title ... Trouble in Mind lingers in one's memory long after its conclusion." 

A founding member of the American Negro Theatre, Childress was the first Black female playwright to be produced professionally in New York with her play Gold Through the Trees in 1952.

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 At the forefront of both the Civil Rights and feminist movements, the prescient Trouble in Mind was announced to move to Broadway in a production that never came to be.

Opening date

October 29th, 2021

Closing date

January 9th, 2022


Closing Soon

Booking from

October 29th, 2021

Booking until

January 9th, 2022

Previews from

October 29th, 2021


American Airlines Theatre


Alice Childress’s Trouble in Mind offers a wry and moving look at racism, identity, and ego in the world of New York theatre.

Cast and creative

By: Alice Childress
Director: Charles Randolph-Wright
Producer: Roundabout Theatre Company
Cast list: LaChanze (as Wiletta), Michael Zegen (as Al Manners), Chuck Cooper (as Sheldon Forrester), Danielle Campbell (as Judy Sears), Jessica Frances Dukes (as Millie Davis), Brandon Micheal Hall (as John Nevins), Simon Jones (as Henry), Alex Mickiewicz (as Eddie Fenton), Don Stephenson (as Bill O’Wray)
Design: Arnulfo Maldonado
Lighting: Kathy A. Perkins
Costume: Emilio Sosa
Sound: Dan Moses Schreier

Latest Trouble in Mind on Broadway News & Features


Trouble in Mind, Alice Childress's meta-theatrical play about the Broadway industry, will host a rush ticket program through TodayTix for its run at the American Airlines Theatre. To reflect the year the play was originally meant to premiere on Broadway, rush tickets will be priced at $19.57 each.Rush tickets will be made available at 10 a.m. each performance day on the TodayTix app. Users must download the app and "unlock" the rush program by sharing about the show on Facebook or Twitter....

Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind has announced the full cast for the Broadway premiere of Alice Childress's play. The newly announced cast members will join the previously confirmed Tony and Emmy Award winner LaChanze, who will star in the lead role of Wiletta.Joining LaChanze are Michael Zegen as Al Manners, Chuck Cooper as Sheldon Forrester, Danielle Campbell as Judy Sears, Jessica Frances Dukes as Millie Davis, Brandon Micheal Hall as John Nevins, Simon Jones as Henry, Alex Mickiewicz as Eddie Fenton, and Don...

Photo credit: LaChanze (Photo courtesy of Polk & Co)

LaChanze will lead the company of the Broadway premiere of Trouble in Mind. Trouble in Mind is at the American Airlines Theatre from October 29 - Jan. 9, 2022. Find out more about Trouble in Mind tickets here.LaChanze is a Tony Award-winning actress, best known for playing Celie in the original Broadway production of The Color Purple. She's also starred in Once on This Island, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical and the Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol at the Lyceum Theatre. Further...

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