Camille A. Brown is making her Broadway directing debut and history at the same time.
Tony Award-nominated choreographer Camille A. Brown is set to make her Broadway directing debut and choreograph the revival of Ntozake Shange’s 1976 classic for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.
Those titles make her the first Black woman to serve as both director and choreographer on a Broadway production in more than 65 years.
“I’m extremely thrilled and honored to helm this new production of for colored girls…,” Brown said in a statement. “It’s an amazing feeling to bring this seminal show back to Broadway 45 years after it opened at the Booth Theatre on September 15, 1976. I look forward to diving into the divine Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem and celebrating her legacy.”
Brown previously choreographed director Leah C. Gardiner’s 2019 Off Broadway production of the play at The Public Theater. She also received a 2019 Tony Award nomination for her choreography of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy. Other credits include Broadway’s Once On This Island, NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert and the Oscar nominated Netflix film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. She is the founder and artistic director of dance company Camille A. Brown and Dancers.
A groundbreaking work in modern American theater, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf pioneered the choreopoem form – combining poetry, song and movement.
Filled with passion, humor, and raw honesty, legendary playwright/poet Ntozake Shange’s formchanging choreopoem tells the stories of seven Black women using poetry, song and movement. With unflinching honesty and emotion, each woman voices her survival story of having to exist in a world shaped by sexism and racism.
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf will come to Broadway sometime in 2022.