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Broadway’s Neon Lights to Shine with 10 Black Plays and Musicals

After a somewhat experimental reopening in June with “Springsteen on Broadway,” the Great White Way will step further into the mix with the Aug. 4 debut of “Pass Over” at the August Wilson Theatre.

Barring any restrictions, the late summer and fall plays and musicals will feature no less than a dozen African-American-themed productions – 10 of which are new.

“There is some great Black entertainment on Broadway,” said Irene Gandy, the legendary and influential Broadway press agent who counts among the few African-American producers.

Among those over which Gandy and others have expressed excitement are “Sistas: The Musical,” “Tina,” and “The Color Purple.”

Broadway officials have said the shows will go on but only at 100 percent capacity. So, if New York reinstates restrictions on indoor crowds, Broadway could shutter once again.

“Sistas” counts as an uplifting musical journey featuring a playlist of songs by Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and Beyoncé, and other female, African-American greats.

According to a fact sheet, “Tina” reviews the life of superstar Tina Turner from humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock’ n’ Roll.

“Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules; she rewrote them,” producers of the show noted. “This new hit stage musical, presented in association with Tina Turner herself, reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.​”

Based upon Alice Walker’s acclaimed novel of the same name, “The Color Purple” represents an epic tale of 40 years in the life of a family in rural Georgia.

According to production notes, at its center is 14-year-old Celie. When Celie is forced by her abusive father to marry a cruel farmer called “Mister,” she is separated from all she loves. But, ultimately, Celie conquers the odds to find her voice and her strength, coming into her own.

“There are Black people on Broadway,” declared Gandy, who also worked in the music industry with legends like B.B. King, Patti LaBelle and The Jackson 5.

Gandy also served as a producer on “Lady Day,” and “Porgy & Bess,” the latter earning the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

“Broadway is green,” Gandy said. “Now we have 10 Black shows coming including “Pass Over,” “Lackawanna Blues,”Chicken’ N Biscuits” and we have “MJ the Musical.” Come out and see them,” she said.

Stacy M. Brown

I’ve worked for the Daily News of Los Angeles, the L.A. Times, Gannet and the Times-Tribune and have contributed to the Pocono Record, the New York Post and the New York Times. Television news opportunities have included: NBC, MSNBC, Scarborough Country, the Abrams Report, Today, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Imus in the Morning and Anderson Cooper 360. Radio programs like the Wendy Williams Experience, Tom Joyner Morning Show and the Howard Stern Show have also provided me the chance to share my views.

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