Lupita Nyong’o Coming to Broadway in Danai Gurira’s ‘Eclipsed’
There is a new Broadway show that is set to break barriers when it opens up.
Eclipsed is a new Broadway show which will open next month, but it is already a historic production as it is the first Broadway show to feature an all Black and female cast and creative team.
The play, which was written by the actress and star of The Walking Dead, Danai Gurira, tells a story about five women during the Liberian civil war. The show premiered at the Yale Repertory Theater in 2009, where a soon-to-be Academy Award-winning actress played the understudy for the lead role. The actress was Lupita Nyong’o, who played the lead role in the Public Theater’s sold-out production in New York City last fall.
Leisl Tommy, a South African theater director, directed the off-Broadway show featuring Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah, and Saycon Sengbloh. All five women will return to their roles once producers Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey bring the show to Broadway.
Here’s what we have to look forward to.
This show also marks the beginning of a new job for La La Anthony as she co-produces Eclipsed. The show is looking to bring 10,000 girls from the tri-state area that would not otherwise have the chance to see the Broadway production through the 10,000 Girls Campaign.
To learn more about the 10,000 Girls Campaign, you can see here.
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