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Phylicia Rashad to Direct Charles Randolph-Wright's Blue on Broadway

The production will feature music by Nona Hendryx.

Phylicia Rashad, Charles Randolph-Wright, and Nona Hendryx, three members of the creative team for Blue on Broadway.
(© Tricia Baron/David Gordon/Tristan Fuge)

Blue, the beloved play by Charles Randolph-Wright with music by Nona Hendryx, will receive its Broadway premiere in the spring of 2020 at a theater to be announced, under the direction of Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad, who will be making her Broadway debut as a director with this production.

Rashad starred in both the world premiere of Blue at Arena Stage in 2000 and the 2001 New York premiere at Roundabout Theatre Company. Her directing credits include four August Wilson classics: Gem of the Ocean at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Joe Turner's Come and Gone at the Mark Taper Forum, and Fences at both the Long Wharf Theatre and the McCarter Theatre. She has also directed at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre and New York's Signature Theatre.

The play is described as follows: "With fierce wit and astonishing honesty, Blue explores the complexities of identity and trust behind the carefully constructed façade of the Clarks, a socially prominent family that is struggling with the legacy and pitfalls of their own good fortune. Infused with a searing jazz and soul score, Blue celebrates the love and spirit of a family coming to terms with itself."

Additional news about Blue, including cast and design team, will be announced shortly.