A Soldier's Play

Roundabout Theatre Company continues its 2019-2020 Broadway season with Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama A Soldier's Play, directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon and starring three-time Tony Award nominee David Alan Grier and two-time Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood.

A Soldier’s Play originally premiered Off-Broadway in November 1981, produced by the Negro Ensemble Company and boasted a cast that included Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. It would eventually pick up a plethora of accolades (including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama) and ran through January 1983. Fuller also adapted his script for the 1984 film “A Soldier’s Story” which earned three Academy Award nominations, including ‘Best Picture.’ Since then, it has been revived twice off-Broadway – by the Valiant Theatre Company in 1996 and by Second Stage Theater in 2005 – and now, thanks to Roundabout Theatre Company, A Soldier’s Play finally receives its long overdue Broadway premiere.

David Alan Grier takes on the role of Sergeant Vernon C. Waters on Broadway. A much beloved actor, Grier is perhaps best known for his comedic roles in the likes of “In Loving Color” and “Jumanji” and now turns his attention to this dramatic, pivotal role. Interestingly, Grier previously starred as Private C.J. Memphis Off-Broadway and as Corporal Cobb in the 1984 film adaptation and continues his shared history with the story’s legacy on stage. His co-star, taking on the role of Captain Richard Davenport, is Blair Underwood, who many will remember as Jonathan Rollins on “L.A. Law.” A regular on both the silver and small screen, Underwood has only appeared on the Broadway stage once before (in the 2012 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire) and hence A Soldier’s Play offers a rare opportunity to experience him show off his acting chops up close and personal.

These talented headliners are supported by Nnamdi Asomugha (as Private First Class Melvin Peterson) and Jerry O'Connell (as Captain Charles Taylor), alongside a terrific ensemble cast. Asomugha, a former NFL player, garnered great critical acclaim for his performance as Carl King in the 2017 film “Crown Heights” and O’Connell is a familiar face thanks to his diverse résumé that includes films from “Stand By Me” to “Jerry Maguire” to “Scream 2” and television series from “Sliders” to “The Defenders.”

A Soldier’s Play is a paramount and influential chapter of black history and representation. Don’t miss out on this crucial chance to be a part of the theatrical work taking its rightful spot in black Broadway history.

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

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Running time: 
1hr 55mins (including 1 intermission)
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About A Soldier's Play:

1944. A Louisiana Army base. A sergeant is murdered—and the crime, with its masterfully unfolded investigation, triggers a gripping barrage of questions about sacrifice, service, and identity in America.

Charles Fuller
Roundabout Theatre Company
Kenny Leon
Allen Lee Hughes
Dan Moses Schreier
Derek McLane
Dede Ayite
Cast list:
David Alan Grier (as Sergeant Vernon C. Waters) and Blair Underwood (as Captain Richard Davenport), with Nnamdi Asomugha (as Private First Class Melvin Peterson), Jerry O'Connell (as Captain Charles Taylor), McKinley Belcher III (as Private Louis Henson), Rob Demery (as Corporal Bernard Cobb), Jared Grimes (as Private Tony Smalls), Billy Eugene Jones (as Private James Wilkie), Nate Mann (as Lieutenant Byrd), Warner Miller (as Corporal Ellis), J. Alphonse Nicholson (as Private C. J. Memphis), and Lee Aaron Rosen (as Captain Wilcox)
A Soldier's Play Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
December 27, 2019
Opening date: 
January 21, 2020
March 11, 2020

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

American Airlines Theatre - Roundabout Theatre Company

227 West 42nd Street (between 7th & 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
Times Square - 42nd Street station

Latest A Soldier's Play News & Features

David Alan Grier in A Soldier's Play
Official Broadway production photos released for A Soldier's Play
January 14, 2020

Roundabout Theatre Company has now released official production photography for its current Broadway premiere of Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama A Soldier's Play. Under the direction of Tony Award winner Kenny Leon, A Soldier's Play began previews at the American Airlines Theatre on December 27, 2019, ahead of an official opening on January 21 and a limited engagement through March 15, 2020.

Our A Soldier's Play Review

It’s real -- and it’s spectacular. Blair Underwood’s bare chest, that is, based on theatergoers’ reactions. And while a flash of the "L.A. Law" alum’s physique has been earning cheers at A Soldier’s Play, the taut and fine-tuned new production of this 1981 drama deserves a hearty salute too.