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Black Theatre United Announces New Exec Leadership Committee, With LaChanze As President

Black Theatre United has announced its new Executive Leadership Committee, with Broadway’s Trouble in Mind star LaChanze moving from Vice President to President. Also named to the committee: actor Michael McElroy (Vice President), production stage manager Lisa Dawn Cave (Secretary), actor Norm Lewis (Treasurer) and actor-producer Tamara Tunie (Compliance Officer). BTU’s outgoing exec committee includes President Audra McDonald, Treasurer Capathia Jenkins and Secretary Schele Williams. The announcement comes as Black Theatre United celebrates the recent fulfillment of two major pledges promised in its founding New Deal for Broadway agreement with various Broadway theater owners, producers, creatives, and unions to honor Black theatre artists:...
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Bridgeport actress LaChanze nominated for Tony Award

Rhonda LaChanze Sapp, professionally known as LaChanze in the theater industry, is an American actress, dancer and singer, who was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut. LaChanze was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Wiletta Mayer in the Broadway show “Trouble in Mind.”. As a child,...
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Bridgeport actress LaChanze nominated for a Tony Award

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate. Bridgeport-raised actress LaChanze has been nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Wiletta Mayer in the Broadway production of "Trouble in Mind," according to the nomination announcement made today. LaChanze is nominated in the "Best Performance by...
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LaChanze On How 'Trouble In Mind' Still Resonates Today

"Trouble in Mind," which producers felt white audiences couldn't handle on Broadway in 1955, has finally made it six decades later, and it's still timely. CBSN New York's Dana Tyler speaks with Tony-Award winning actress LaChanze about playing the lead.

‘Trouble In Mind’ Broadway Review: LaChanze Leads Alice Childress Play To Overdue Triumph

Sixty-four years late and right on time, Alice Childress’ wise and stirring backstage comedy-drama Trouble in Mind is making its long-in-coming Broadway debut tonight, and to describe the play as prescient would be an understatement. Uncanny rings truer. With a star turn by LaChanze that takes a strong place in a theatrical season already formidable in its roster of performances, Trouble in Mind takes a behind-the-curtain look at the racism, coded prejudice, self-flattery, sexism and built-in bigotry that Broadway has always professed to eschew. Childress, who died in 1994, knew better, and her insights fuel Trouble in Mind. First staged to acclaim...
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Check Out LaChanze, Chuck Cooper & More in These Clips from Trouble in Mind on Broadway

Alice Childress’ acclaimed 1955 play Trouble in Mind is finally having its Broadway premiere and now audiences can get a sneak peek of the production with these show clips! The play, which opens at the American Airlines Theatre on November 18, stars Tony winner LaChanze as Wiletta, an experienced Black stage actress going through rehearsals of a major Broadway production who gives a wry and moving look at racism, identity and ego in the world of New York theater. The production that also features The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Michael Zegen as Al Manners, Tony winner Chuck Cooper as Sheldon Forrester, Danielle Campbell as Judy Sears, Jessica Frances Dukes as Millie Davis, Brandon Micheal Hall as John Nevins, Simon Jones as Henry, Alex Mickiewicz as Eddie Fenton and Don Stephenson as Bill O’Wray. Charles Randolph-Wright directs the play, which is set to run through January 9, 2022. Learn what to expect from Trouble in Mind by watching the clips below!
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See LaChanze, Chuck Cooper, Michael Zegen & More in Broadway's Trouble in Mind

LaChanze, Chuck Cooper & Michael Zegen in "Trouble in Mind" Time for a debut! Over 65 years since its debut, Alice Childress’ acclaimed 1955 play Trouble in Mind is having its Broadway premiere at the American Airlines Theatre. With Tony winner LaChanze leading the company, Trouble in Mind began performances on October 29 and officially opens on November 18. Now, fans can get a glimpse of the production that also features The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Michael Zegen as Al Manners, Tony winner Chuck Cooper as Sheldon Forrester, Danielle Campbell as Judy Sears, Jessica Frances Dukes as Millie Davis, Brandon Micheal Hall as John Nevins, Simon Jones as Henry, Alex Mickiewicz as Eddie Fenton and Don Stephenson as Bill O’Wray thanks to these fresh photos. Charles Randolph-Wright directs the play, which follows an experienced Black stage actress through rehearsals of a major Broadway production and gives audiences a wry and moving look at racism, identity and ego in the world of New York theater. Check out the photos below!
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Trouble In Mind, Starring LaChanze, Begins Broadway Performances

Jessica Frances Dukes, Don Stephenson, Simon Jones, Chuck Cooper, LaChanze, Michael Zegen, Alex Mickiewicz, Danielle Campbell and Brandon Micheal Hall. Alice Childress’ acclaimed 1955 play Trouble in Mind begins its Broadway premiere run at the American Airlines Theatre on October 29 ahead of an opening night on November 18. Starring Tony winner LaChanze, the Roundabout Theatre Company production is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and will play a limited engagement through January 9, 2022.

Tony Winner LaChanze on Building a More Inclusive Broadway and Her ‘Hamilton’ Ambitions

It’s been nearly two years since the lights went out on Broadway, and now that musicals and plays have begun to reopen, actor LaChanze is itching to return to the thing she loves the most. “I’ve been dying to get back onstage,” she says. “I’m looking forward to having that organic exchange with the audience again.” She won’t have to wait much longer. The 59-year-old, recognizable from her Tony-winning role in “The Color Purple” and standout performances in “Once on This Island” and “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” is returning to the Great White Way to star in “Trouble in Mind.” Roundabout...