Ntozake Shange’s Obie Award-winning 1976 choreopoem classic “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf” is once again returning to New York theater, this time on Broadway.
According to Deadline, following her stint choreographing the 2019 Off Broadway run, Camille A. Brown is now stepping up to also fill the director’s shoes, marking her Broadway directing debut, and also making history as the first Black woman to serve as both director and choreographer on a Broadway production in more than 65 years. Nelle Nugent, Ron Simons, and Kenneth Teaton will be producing.
“I’m extremely thrilled and honored to helm this new production of ‘for colored girls…’,” said Brown in a statement. “It’s an amazing feeling to bring this seminal show back to Broadway 45 years after it opened at the Booth Theatre on September 15, 1976. I look forward to diving into the divine Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem and celebrating her legacy.”
Shange’s work is known for having pioneered the choreopoem form — a combination of poetry, song, and movement — with its tale of seven Black women who each voice a survival story of having to exist in a world shaped by sexism and racism.
Brown has previously choreographed Broadway’s “Once On This Island,” and “Choir Boy,” for which she was nominated for a Tony Award in 2019. Her other credits include NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” and Netflix’s Viola Davis-starrer “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” She has also founded dance company Camille A. Brown and Dancers, where she serves as artistic director.
As well as a playwright, the late Shange was also a poet and essayist, and penned novels “Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo,” “Liliane,” and “Betsey Brown.” “for colored girls…” earned her both Tony and Grammy nominations.