Originally Posted on essence.com
By KEYAIRA BOON
Congrats are in order for Phylicia Rashad, who will be making her Broadway directorial debut next spring!
According to Deadline, the classically-trained actress will be taking the helm of Charles Randolph-Wright’s play Blue. The play tells the story of an affluent family named the Clarks, who are finding it difficult to handle the highs and lows that accompany their own good fortune.
The production will reportedly be “infused with a searing jazz and soul score” and “celebrates the love and spirit of a family coming to terms with itself,” according to the announcement.
The Cosby Show star’s involvement in the production will actually mark her second time being involved with the play. She starred in both its world premiere at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. in 2000, and its 2001 premiere at the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York.
Rashad, who became a household name through the power of television, expressed how happy she was to help highlight the cultural relevance of theater.
“I am happy to be directing this play that brought me so much joy,” Rashad said in a statement about the project. “It affirms the importance of theater and its power to touch the human heart.”
The playwright Charles Randolph-Wright also expressed how happy he was to have Rashad onboard in a statement.
“Part of the inspiration for writing Blue was that I had never seen a family like mine on stage. I am thrilled that Blue will continue to open doors to a more diverse world, and also spread a little joy,” he said.