When Project1VOICE’s Erich McMillan-McCall received news that two of the original for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf cast members were interested in attending the revival of Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem at the Booth Theatre, ideas of arranging a reunion quickly turned into a reality over a few weeks.
On April 14, 2022, members of the original 1976 Broadway cast, including USC School of Dramatic Arts Professor of Theatre Practice Michele Shay (understudy), Trazana Beverley (Lady in Red), Aku Kad (Lady in Yellow), Janet League (Lady in Brown), Paula Moss (Lady in Green) were reunited to celebrate the opening of the revival show 46 years after the play opened in the Booth Theatre.
for colored girls…, which was the second play by a Black woman to be produced on Broadway, first captivated audiences with its story of seven women who find solace and empowerment in sharing stories through dance, song and connection.
During the homecoming, the original cast connected with the new generation cast — including Amara Granderson (Lady in Orange), Tendayi Kuumba (Lady in Brown), Kenita R. Miller as (Lady in Red), Okwui Okpokwasili (Lady in Green), Stacey Sargeant (Lady in Blue), Alexandria Wailes (Lady in Purple) and D. Woods (Lady in Yellow).
With refreshing new direction and choreography by Camille A. Brown and almost half a century between its original premiere, for colored girls… still shines as a pillar of hope within the Black theatre community, continuing to inspire joy within audiences. And, in the true spirit of the choreopoem, it has connected one generation of cast members with the next in celebration of Black Girl Magic.