Phylicia Rashad To Make Broadway Directing Debut
Congratulations to Phylicia Rashad! Next spring, the 70-year-old actress will make her Broadway directing debut with Charles Randolph-Wright’s play Blue, featuring music by Nona Hendryx.
Rashad starred in the work’s 2000 world premiere at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. and the 2001 New York premiere at the Roundabout Theatre Company.
She says in a statement,
“I am happy to be directing this play that brought me so much joy. It affirms the importance of theater and its power to touch the human heart.”
Although this will be her first time directing on Broadway, she has directed a number of productions before.
The play focuses on a socially prominent family named the Clarks, who are struggling with the legacy and pitfalls of their own good fortune.
Blue will be produced on Broadway by Moreland, Eric Falkenstein, and Ron Simons.
Phylicia Rash?d is an actress, singer and stage director. She is known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–92), which earned her Emmy Award nominations in 1985 and 1986. She was dubbed “The Mother” of the black community at the 2010 NAACP Image Awards.
In 2004, Rashad became the first black actress to win the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, which she won for her role in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun. Her other Broadway credits include Into the Woods (1988), Jelly’s Last Jam (1993), Gem of the Ocean (2004), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2008). She won a NAACP Image Award when she reprised her A Raisin in the Sun role in the 2008 television adaptation. She has also appeared in the films For Colored Girls (2010), Good Deeds (2012), Creed (2015), and Creed II (2018).