Phylicia Rashad To Make Broadway Directing Debut Next Spring

Contributed by Taylor Ardrey

Phylicia Rashad will be making her Broadway directorial debut next spring. She will be directing with Charles Randolph-Wright’s play Blue.

“I am happy to be directing this play that brought me so much joy,” Rashad said in a statement. “It affirms the importance of theater and its power to touch the human heart.”

Blue touches on the Clarks family, a prominent family that struggles with the legacy of their own good fortune. According to the announcement, “The production will be “Infused with a searing jazz and soul score” and “celebrates the love and spirit of a family coming to terms with itself.”

Rashad has some directing credits on numerous August Wlson plays including Gem of The Ocean, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Fences. In 2018, she acclaimed Signature Theatre mounting of Our Lady of 121st Street.

According to Deadline, Blue will be produced on Broadway by Moreland, Eric Falkenstein, and Ron Simons. Other details on the specifics of the play are in the works.