The play by Keenan Scott II Thoughts of a colored man officially landed a venue – the Golden Theater – making it the first new non-rebirth show to land on Broadway since the industry’s pandemic ended last March.
The play, which enjoyed critical acclaim in 2019 at Syracuse Stage and Baltimore Center Stage, will be directed by Steve H. Broadnax III. Producers are Brian Moreland, Ron Simons, Diana DiMenna, Samira Wiley, Sheryl Lee Ralph, The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization.
Casting, first preview, opening night and ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.
The production will mark Scott’s and Broadnax’s Broadway debut. Scott’s new play The LP Migration is in development at New York Stage & Film, while Broadnax recently directed Katori Hall’s new play The King of Hot Wings at the Signature Theater.
Taking place over the course of a single day in Brooklyn, Thoughts of a colored man describes “the hopes, sorrows, fears and joys of seven men” that “resonate far beyond their community’s hair salons and basketball courts.” The piece, say the producers, “weaves speech, slam poetry and rhythm in a mosaic of the inner lives of black men and herald the arrival of a new essential voice in American theater.
The creative team for Thoughts of a colored man includes music by Te’La and Brother Kamau, set design by Robert Brill, co-costume design by Toni-Leslie James and Devario D. Simmons, lighting design by Ryan O’Gara, stage design screening by Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee Sven Ortel and sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman.
Broadway is officially closed until June, although productions don’t return until the fall or later.