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Arie to Star on B'way in 'For Colored Girls'

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Arie to Star on B'way in 'For Colored Girls'

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter India Arie will star in the first-ever Broadway revival of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, which will be produced by Whoopi Goldberg and DreamTeam Entertainment sometime this summer, according to a casting notice for the show.

The first preview is scheduled for mid-July, in advance of an early August opening. No theatre has been named, and no cast members outside of Arie have been chosen.

Often described as a choreopoem, the play presents the stories of seven women of color from the African diaspora. Shirley Jo Finney will direct, and Hinton Battle, a three-time Tony winner, will choreograph.

In summer 1976, the Obie-winning play had a three-and-a-half-month run Off-Broadway at the Public Theater and then moved to Broadway, where it ran for nearly two years. It was nominated for the Tony Award for best play, and Trazana Beverley won a Tony for best featured actress in a play.

Although this is the first revival on the Main Stem, For Colored Girls was remounted Off-Broadway at American Place Theatre in summer 2000.

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