Posted March 11, 2008 -- Grammy-winning R&B singer-songwriter India.Arie has been tapped to star in the first Broadway revival of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf," according to Reuters.
The play presents the stories of seven women of color from the African Diaspora. No other cast members have been chosen, nor has a theater been named. It is scheduled to begin previews in mid-July, ahead of an opening in early August.
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Shirley Jo Finney will direct, and three-time Tony winner Hinton Battle will choreograph.
In summer 1976, the Obie-winning play had a three-month run off-Broadway at the Public Theater and then moved to Broadway, where it ran for nearly two years. It was nominated for the Tony for best play, and Trazana Beverley won a Tony for best featured actress in a play.
"For Colored Girls" was remounted off-Broadway at American Place Theatre in summer 2000, but this will be its first revival on the Main Stem.
India.Arie currently has the No. 2 album on the U.S. pop chart with "4th World War," her first full-length album in eight years. Her brief acting credits include a stint as singer Nina Simone on NBC's "American Dreams."
"L Word" Comes to An End
Showtime's popular lesbian-themed series "The L Word," co-starring Jennifer Beals, Pam Grier and Rose Rollins, will end after a sixth and final season to begin airing in early 2009, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Eight episodes have been ordered for the final run, which is less than the usual 12-13 episodes per season usually ordered by the cable channel. Showtime executives and series creator/executive producer Ilene Chaiken believed that eight additional episodes were the necessary amount to wrap up the story lines.
"This is by no means the end of 'The L Word,"' Chaiken said. "The brand and the social network community, OurChart.com, will continue to live and be a destination for lesbians everywhere and a lasting tribute to what 'The L Word' has accomplished."