Based on “the last play about the lives of African American women written by a woman and running on Broadway and starring Colored Girls”, Martin Sherman’s groundbreaking drama is being revived with a tour following.
A Broadway debut for Colored Girls, with an all-black cast, is notable as it marks the first time the play has ever been performed on Broadway.
Written in 1971, Colored Girls began life as a group of columns for Cleo Parker Robinson’s column for The New York Amsterdam News, which were first published in 1969. Sherman’s dramatic adaptation was first adapted for stage at the Roundabout Theatre Company in 1987.
The production stars Best Actress Oscar nominee Zeta-Jones, Dawn Upshaw and Tashiana Washington as three women living in a single-room apartment building in Harlem, while cast also includes JoAnna Garcia Swisher.
“I have been waiting and waiting for the chance to revive this historic play, with such compelling performances,” said artistic director, Roundabout Theatre Company Harold Prince, who directed the original production.
“I’m excited that we’ll be able to deliver one of the most impactful pieces in play history to the Broadway audience this spring – an honour which goes beyond anything I could ever imagine.”