With music and lyrics from Micki Grant, Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope is a celebration of African-American culture and community. Originally conceived and directed by Vinnette Carroll, this radical work presents the issues of race and politics in America and raises voices for change through a lively mix of song and dance with a score that includes gospel, jazz, soul, calypso, and rock.
The show premiered at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., before moving to Philadelphia and ultimately New York City, where it ran for over 1,000 performances on Broadway. Along the way, it earned four Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical. Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope won an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical as well as a Grammy Award for Best Score from an Original Cast Show Album.