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Broadway Black History Fact

February 6, 2003- The Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom opened with Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg and Charles S. Dutton. The revival had a bumpy preview period in which three actors …

In 1959, Lloyd Richards became the first African American to direct a play on Broadway, Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun

First African-American woman to direct on Broadway(1972): Vinette Justine Carroll (Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope)

First published play by an African American was in 1858, The Escape; or, A Leap for Freedom by William Wells Brown

The first African American to win a Tony Award was Juanita Hall in 1950 (the 4th Tony ceremony). She received the Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in South Pacific . …