Why British black producers are heading for Broadway — Bonnie Greer — AAPEX

Monday, October 12, 2009

Why British black producers are heading for Broadway

A scene from Bonnie Greer's MARILYN AND ELLA,
Apollo Theatre, London.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams’s masterpiece of Southern Gothic about a family stewing in its own juices, arrives in the West End next month after its hit Broadway run. It is headed by its two Broadway leads: the legendary actor James Earl Jones, and Phylicia Rashaad, late of The Cosby Show and a formidable stage actor.
The production was conceived, produced and directed by the powerhouse producer/director Debbie Allen (star of both the original Fame and the recently released remake). Allen is a Broadway stalwart, one of a long list of African American producers who have helped Broadway to retain its eminence in the world of theatre.
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