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A Different Side Of Muhammad Ali: Fetch Clay, Make Man

If we hear one more thing about this show our smile is going to be permanent.

Sat next to an older couple on the train the other night and listened to them as they said how late it was but how the show they saw that night made it all worth staying out late. Trying really hard to see the playbill peeking out of her purse without seeming stalkerish, she pulls out the playbill and begins to read the bios. It then becomes clear what show they were raving about, Fetch Clay Make Man. Written by Will Power and directed by Des McAnuff this dynamic show is currently playing at the New York Theatre Workshop until October 13, 2013 and the reviews are very strong. Make sure you take a night out and see this great work before it closes.

The cast includes Ray Fisher, K. Todd Freeman, Anthony Gaskins, Tony winner Nikki M. James, John Earl Jelks, Jeremy Tardy and Richard Masur.

Take a look at the show and the making of it below!

The show is billed as:

In the days leading up to one of Cassius Clay’s most anticipated fights, the heavyweight boxing champion forms an unlikely friendship with the controversial Hollywood star Stepin Fetchit. With a rhythmic script by award-winning performer and playwright Will Power, who received rave reviews for his hip-hop productions of Flow and The Seven at NYTW, and direction by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (The Who’s Tommy, Jersey Boys), FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN explores the improbable bond that forms between two drastically different and influential cultural icons. One a vibrant and audacious youth, the other a resentful and almost forgotten relic – together as they fight to form their public personas and shape their legacies amidst the struggle of the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-1960s. This true story is as powerful and poetic as Clay himself while also humorous and irreverent like Fetchit’s signature act. Finding commonality in contradiction, FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN examines the true meaning of strength, resilience and pride.

For tickets and more information visit New York Theatre Workshop
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Written By

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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