Phylicia Rashad will always hold a special place in our hearts for all she’s contributed to the culture throughout her nearly 5-decade long career.
And at 70-years-old Rashad had more to offer.
According to Deadline, Rashad will make her directorial debut on Broadway, leading Charles Randolph Wright’s play Blue.
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The play will feature music from Nona Hendryx, one of three members of Labelle, and will be produced by Brian Moreland.
While this is Rashad’s first time directing a Broadway play, she has led other productions, including four of August Wilson’s plays, including Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Gem of the Ocean, and Fences.
In a statement about her new role, Rashad said, “I am happy to be directing this play that brought me so much joy,” Rashad said in a statement. “It affirms the importance of theater and its power to touch the human heart.”
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According to Deadline, the play is about a “socially prominent family named the Clarks, who are struggling with the legacy and pitfalls of their own good fortune. The production will be “Infused with a searing jazz and soul score” and “celebrates the love and spirit of a family coming to terms with itself.”
Randolph-Wright, the playwright said, “Part of the inspiration for writing Blue was that I had never seen a family like mine on stage. I am thrilled that Blue will continue to open doors to a more diverse world, and also spread a little joy.”
Hendrix said, “I am excited that Phylicia, Charles, and Brian are bringing Blue back to the stage. I am thrilled to be part of a play about a family coping with life, love, secrets, and lies.”
Casting and the design team attached to the project will be announced soon.
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