Thoughts of a Colored Man

Thoughts of a Colored Man

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Bold new American play Thoughts of a Colored Man arrives on Broadway at the Golden Theatre. Keenan Scott II’s thrilling drama celebrates the mosaic of Black life through a unique combination of dance, music, spoken word, and slam poetry. Thoughts of a Colored Man tickets are available on New York Theatre Guide now.

Over a single day in Brooklyn, the lives of seven Black men intersect. By the day’s end, each man will discover the extraordinary. Keenan Scott II’s richly textured new drama paints a broad, all-encompassing picture of Black life in America today, looking deep into the hearts of men across the socio-political spectrum who are all searching for their most triumphant selves. In their hopes, dreams and fears lie the hopes, dreams and fears of all men, and all people. 

Syracuse Stage presented the world premiere of Thoughts of a Colored Man in September 2019, produced in association with Baltimore Center Stage. The same production then continued to Baltimore in October 2019. Now this deeply human new work arrives home in New York City. 

Playwright Keenan Scott II makes his Broadway debut with a work that William Powell of DC Metro Theater Arts declared “outstanding.” Powell went on to write: “the show is both narrative and poetry, depressive and comic, without being preachy....all races and sexes can relate to the emotions displayed on stage.” Sunny Hernandez of agreed that the play “sizzled” in a production “worth seeing again and again.”

Director Steve H. Broadnax III also makes his Broadway debut with Thoughts of a Colored Man. Craig Thornton at NYTV wrote that Thoughts of a Colored Man is “expertly directed” by Broadnax III in a “brisk production that is both moving and entertaining.” 

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Photo credit: Thoughts Of A Colored Man artwork (Photo courtesy of DKC/O&M)

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Running time: 
95 minutes, no intermission
6 images
About Thoughts of a Colored Man:

Over the course of a single day in the pulsing heart of Brooklyn, the hopes, sorrows, fears, and joys of seven men reverberate far beyond the barbershops and basketball courts of their community. Vulnerable and vibrant, raw and alive — these are the Thoughts of a Colored Man

Keenan Scott II
Brian Moreland, Ron Simons, Diana DiMenna, Samira Wiley, Kandi Burruss and Sheryl Lee Ralph
Steve H. Broadnax III
Songs by:
Te’La and Brother Kamau
Ryan O’Gara
Mikaal Sulaiman
Robert Brill
Toni-Leslie James and Devario D. Simmons
Cast list:
Dyllón Burnside, Bryan Terrell Clark, Da’Vinchi, Luke James, Forrest McClendon, Tristan “Mack” Wilds, Esau Pritchett
Thoughts of a Colored Man Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
October 1, 2021
Opening date: 
October 13, 2021
Booking to: 
December 23, 2021
December 23, 2021
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Golden Theatre

252 West 45th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
42nd Street - Port Authority Bus Terminal Station

Latest Thoughts of a Colored Man News & Features

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‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ closes on Broadway, citing Covid-19
December 23, 2021

Only hours after Waitress announced its early closing on Broadway, Thoughts of a Colored Man also announced the end of its Broadway run on December 23. The show played its final performance December 22 and became the third Broadway show to close due to the pandemic this week, along with Jagged Little Pill. "We have tried our hardest to safely navigate the current, unfortunate health crisis, but ultimately we are unable to continue under the unfortunate conditions of Covid exposure in the city and country," an Instagram post on the show's account announcing the closure read in part.

Kadeem Ali Harris, Reynaldo Piniella, Christian Thompson
Kadeem Ali Harris, Reynaldo Piniella, Christian Thompson to join 'Thoughts of a Colored Man' Broadway cast
December 20, 2021

Kadeem Ali Harris, Reynaldo Piniella, and Christian Thompson are set to join the Broadway cast of Thoughts of a Colored Man. They will replace current cast members Da’Vinchi, Dyllón Burnside, and Luke James, respectively, who are departing the show due to prior commitments. They will play their last performance January 2, with Harris, Piniella, and Thompson beginning on January 4.

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'Thoughts of a Colored Man' to host digital lottery
September 29, 2021

Thoughts of a Colored Man will offer digital lottery tickets for all performances, beginning with its first performance October 1. Keenan Scott II's play is being staged at the Golden Theatre, with an official opening night set for October 13. The lottery will launch on September 30. The day before each performance, the lottery will be open for entries between 12 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the next day's show. Lottery tickets will be $39.

Photo credit: Thoughts of a Colored Man (Photo by Michael Davis)
‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ to open at Golden Theatre in October, with full casting named
May 25, 2021

The Broadway premiere of Keenan Scott II’s Thoughts of a Colored Man has confirmed that it will open in the upcoming season.

Photo credit: Brian Moreland, Keenan Scott II and Steve H. Broadnax III (Photo by Emilio Madrid-Kuser)
‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ to open at Golden Theatre
March 1, 2021

Following the news that Thoughts of a Colored Man would receive its Broadway premiere, the production will open at the Golden Theatre as part of the 2021-2022 season.

Photo credit: Thoughts Of A Colored Man production image (Photo courtesy of DKC/O&M)
‘Thoughts Of A Colored Man’ sets sight on Broadway opening
November 18, 2020

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.

Our Thoughts of a Colored Man Review

Shakespeare once wrote, “What a piece of work is a man!” In that famous monologue from Hamlet, Shakespeare was writing about, in part, the varied beauty and contradictions within humanity. Granted, Shakespeare was talking about white men, who for centuries have been given the gift of being seen as fully formed human beings. Unfortunately, while this benefit was extended to white men, it has... Read more