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Lupita Nyong’o Will Take Eclipsed To Broadway In February

You’ve been seeing Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o a little bit of everywhere nowadays. She is currently starring in the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie that just released a trailer. She is also starring Off-Broadway in Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed at The Public Theater. We just can’t get enough of her. So it’s only appropriate that she heads to Broadway, right?! Well it looks like she will be. According to her Instagram account, the Off-Broadway hit play, directed by Liesl Tommy, will head to Broadway in February. This will be the Broadway debut of the Academy Award winner.

Well the FANTASTIC NEWS is that #EclipsedPlay is MOVING TO BROADWAY!!! #Morepeoplegettoseeit #Broadway2016

A photo posted by Lupita Nyong’o (@lupitanyongo) on

The current Off-Broadway run has been extended not once, but twice. Having a Broadway run will make her eligible for 2016 Tony Award consideration and that is great news to our ears! The show will have a strictly limited engagement starting Februrary 23rd, 2016. Presale tickets for Citi card memebers are now available until Oct 27th and general public tickets will be available shortly after that.

Nyong’o made her highly anticipated New York stage debut in Obie-winning playwright’s war drama Eclipsed at the Public Theatre on October 14. The show had a star-studded soft opening night on October 13 which included icon & The Color Purple producer Oprah Winfrey.

The play, set in 2003 near the end of the civil war in Liberia, is about the survival and resilience of a group of women who are captives of rebels fighting the government. Nyong’o, who made her Academy Award-winning screen debut in “12 Years a Slave,” stars in the role of “Girl,” the youngest of four captive wives of a rebel commander.

In addition to Nyong’o, the cast also features several Broadway performers, including Saycon Sengbloh (Hair, The Color Purple and Wicked), as well as Pascale Armand (The Trip to Bountiful), Akosua Busia (Mule Bone), and Zainab Jah (In Darfur).

Zimbabwean-American Gurira stars as the sword-wielding, zombie killer “Michonne” on AMC’s hit series “The Walking Dead.” She’s appeared in the films “The Visitor” and “Mother of George.” Her stage credits include the role of “ Isabella” in Measure for Measure for which she received the Actor’s Equity Callaway Award. As a playwright, she received an Obie Award, Outer Critics Award, and Helen Hayes Award for In the Continuum. For Eclipsed, Gurira won an NAACP Image Award, the Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play, and the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Production of a Play. Her latest play, Familiar, will premiere in New York at Playwrights Horizons in February 2016.

Eclipsed is directed by Liesl Tommy, who staged the play’s premiere at the Woolly Mammoth Theater in Washington in 2009. For tickets, click HERE.

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Drew Shade is a theatre artist and enthusiast who fosters artistic diversity and excellence for the love of Black theatre artists. He is the Founder/Creative Director of Broadway Black, Off-Book Podcast & The Antonyo Awards. “Have a belief in yourself that is bigger than anyone’s disbelief.” – August Wilson


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