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Scheduled Openings

The Mountaintop

Previews: Start September 22
Opening: October 13
Booking through until: January 15, 2012
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
242 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

The Mountaintop stars Samuel L. Jackson as Martin Luther King in a thrilling portrait that makes a man of the legend — exhausted, lonely and wracked by fears for the civil rights movement which will be his historic legacy.

 

Sistas

Opening: September 29
Booking until: November 20, 2011
St. Luke’s Theatre
308 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10035

After a matriarch’s death, the women in the family clean Grandma’s attic and find love and old memories packed away, and in the process, hit tunes that trace the history of black women, from the trials of the 1930′s through the Girl Groups of the 60′s to the empowerment of the 90′s.” Songs include “Oh, Happy Day,” “Mama Said,” “I Will Survive,” “Tyrone,” “I am Not My Hair” and “A Woman’s Worth.” More info

 

Stick Fly

Previews: Start November 18
Opening: December 8
Closing: Open-ended
Cort Theatre
138 W. 48th Street
New York, NY 10038

It was supposed to be a relaxing weekend at the family home on Martha’s Vineyard … until the baggage got unpacked. Set at the elegant summer home of the well-to-do LeVay family, Stick Fly begins when two adult sons bring their significant others (one a fiancée, the other a new girlfriend) home to meet their parents for the first time. Soon, secrets are revealed, civilities are dropped and identities are explored in a harsh new light. Race and rivalry, class and family, all come together for an explosive comedy of manners about today’s complex world.

 

Open-Ended

Lion King

Previews: October 15 1997
Opening: November 13, 1997
Closing: Open-ended
The Minskoff Theatre
200 W 45th St
New York, NY 10036

A young lion cub named Simba struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role as king.

 

Memphis

Previews: September 23, 2009
Opening: October 19, 2009
Closing: Open-ended
The Shubert Theatre
225 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036

From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.

 

Tearing Down the Walls

Previews: May 6
Opening: May 12
Closing: Open-ended
The Riverside Theatre
91 Claremont Ave
New York, NY

Infused with soulful music, impassioned spoken word and laugh-out-loud humor, Tearing Down The Walls tells the story of the residents of a tight-knit Harlem community upended and pushed to the limit by life’s challenges, but who find hope in the most unusual places.

 

Scheduled Closings

Black Angels Over Tuskegee

Opening: January 28, 2010
Closing: November 21, 2011
Actors Temple Theatre
339 W. 47th St
New York, NY 10036

Six men embark upon a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Forces. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow; challenges to their intelligence, patriotism and brotherhood; and their dreams of an inclusive and fair society. Winner of the 2009 NAACP Award for Best Ensemble and the 2009 Hollywood Artistic Director Achievement Award for Best Play.

 

The Devil’s Music: The Life & Blues Of Bessie Smith

Opening: June 7, 2011
Closing: November 30, 2011
St. Luke’s Theatre
308 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10035

Sexy and racy, Blues singer Bessie Smith was the definition of a Red Hot Mamma and the most successful entertainer of her time. On the eve of her tragic death in 1937, Bessie takes center stage in a Memphis “buffet flat.” Now, among friends, she tells the story of her amazing life, career, her loves and losses.

 

The Submission

Previews: September 8
Opening: September 27
Closing: October 22, 2011
Lucille Lortel Theatre
121 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014

Shaleeha G’ntamobi’s stirring new play about an alcoholic black mother and her card sharp son trying to get out of the projects has just been accepted into the nation’s preeminent theater festival. Trouble is, Shaleeha G’ntamobi doesn’t exist, except in the imagination of wannabe-playwright Danny Larsen, who created her as a kind of affirmative-action nom-de-plume. But a nom-de-guerre may prove more useful as the lies pile up, shaky alliances are forged, and everyone dear to Danny must decide whether or not to run for cover as the whole thing threatens to blow up in his lily white face.

 

The Wood

Opening: December 8
Closing: October 9
Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre
224 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10014

A heartfelt, no-holds-barred look about Mike McAlary, the larger-than-life columnist for The Daily News and The New York Post, and his missionary zeal to ferret out the truth about the NYPD’s torture of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.

 

Limited Run

Through the Night

September 30
October 1
October 2
Aaron Davis Hall, Theater B
The City College of New York
West 135th St. at Convent Ave

Six characters. Three generations. One extraordinary performance. Obie Award Winner Daniel Beaty shines as writer and performer of a range of characters, spinning a tale where lives collide to show how hope, faith and love have the ability to pull anyone Through the Night. More Info