Friday, November 15, 2019

Broadway Production Of A Soldier's Play Is Now On Sale

Now to be honest until recently, I didn't know a whole lot about this show. Thank goodness for Google right? What I found out, was that A Soldier's Play, first premiered Off-Broadway by The Negro Ensemble Company in 1981, and starred an unknown Denzel Washington as Private Peterson, and Samuel L. Jackson as Private Louis Hensen.

The show, written by Charles Fuller, would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, the New York Drama Critics Award for Best American Play, and the Obie Award for Distinguished Ensemble Performance. And yet despite all of these accolades, the show has never been on Broadway.

Until now. Produced by the award winning Roundabout Theatre Company, and directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon, A Soldier's Play is set to begin previews at the American Airlines Theatre on December 27, 2019, and play a limited run thru March 15, 2020. Starring in the critically acclaimed production are three-time Tony Award nominee David Alan Grier, and Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood.

So what is the show all about? I'll tell you. A Soldier's Play takes place in 1944, where an African-American Sergeant is found murdered on an Louisiana Army base. Under the leadership of a persistent attorney, secret's about the Sergeant's past begin to surface, causing the already racial atmosphere to reach it's boiling point. Sounds like a great night in the theatre to me. Get your tickets to see A Soldier's Play on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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