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About Trouble in Mind on Broadway

"A long-buried treasure" - Peter Marks, The Washington Post

LaChanze (The Color Purple) along with Michael Zegen (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Broadway legend Chuck Cooper (Chicago, Caroline, or Change, Finian’s Rainbow) lead the cast of the Broadway premiere of Alice Childress’ wry and moving look at racism, identity, and ego. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Trouble in Mind follows an experienced Black stage actress through rehearsals of a major Broadway drama, who finds the courage to stand up against the show’s white creative team.

At the forefront of both the Civil Rights and feminist movements, the prescient Trouble in Mind opened to acclaim off-Broadway in 1955, and was announced to move to Broadway in 1957... in a production that never came to be. This production will mark the 66-year-old play’s official Broadway debut.

Start date

October 29th, 2021

End date

January 9th, 2022

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Alice Childress’s Trouble in Mind offers a wry and moving look at racism, identity, and ego in the world of New York theatre.

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296 Reviews

Patrick M 4

Patrick M 4

1212 Reviews | 345 Followers
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Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a good story with meaningful messages, humor, a bit of song and a nice set. An excellent cast takes you to 1957 and back to 2021.

Don’t see it if you are looking for a musical that features LaChanze singing throughout. Her she uses her wonderful voice in a few key a cappella spots.

Sing out Louise

Sing out Louise

254 Reviews | 222 Followers
80
“do better… go further”

See it if Alice Childress’ play finally gets a Broadway production after 66 years ! She refused to rewrite the ending, which in 1957, Broadway …

Don’t see it if … producers worried would offend white audiences, instead of entertain them… so it didn’t get its bow until now…

Elisa 9119

Elisa 9119

616 Reviews | 286 Followers
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Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if The play within a play,on inclusion&racism, is brilliantly performed on adequate set. LaChanze is great but all cast is equally impressive.

Don’t see it if Although this is not a musical, you expect LaChanze to use her beautiful voice more in songs than in preachy talks.

BwayBaby

BwayBaby

1009 Reviews | 1057 Followers
85
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Great play! Writing feels fresh and modern- Could have been written today. Serious themes but also entertaining. Great performances!

Don’t see it if You dislike behind the scenes stories about the entertainment/broadway Industry.

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Trouble in Mind on Broadway cast and creative team

By: Alice Childress
Director: Charles Randolph-Wright
Producer: Roundabout Theatre Company
Cast list: LaChanze (as Wiletta), Michael Zegen (as Al Manners), Chuck Cooper (as Sheldon Forrester), Danielle Campbell (as Judy Sears), Jessica Frances Dukes (as Millie Davis), Brandon Micheal Hall (as John Nevins), Simon Jones (as Henry), Alex Mickiewicz (as Eddie Fenton), Don Stephenson (as Bill O’Wray)
Design: Arnulfo Maldonado
Lighting: Kathy A. Perkins
Costume: Emilio Sosa
Sound: Dan Moses Schreier

Venue

227 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, United States, 10036

Accessibility

Orchestra & Mezzanine levels fully accessible for those with mobility disabilities

More information about Trouble in Mind on Broadway

See playwright Alice Childress's Broadway debut 64 years in the making. Get Trouble in Mind tickets on TodayTix.

Childress's Trouble in Mind play centers on Wiletta, an experienced Black stage actress who is cast in the lead of a major Broadway production. The show is a rural Southern melodrama written and directed by two white men. Wiletta is just happy to have the job, and she tries to bury her ego when rehearsals reveal the play’s painful stereotypes. Yet as opening grows closer, tensions rise as the cast struggles to do good work under the white gaze — and in a white-run theatrical world.

LaChanze, a founding member of Black Theatre United, returns to Broadway as Wiletta following her 2019 performance as the Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol. She also starred in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical in 2018, which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.

The premiere of Trouble in Mind off Broadway ran in 1955 to instant acclaim, but Childress’s play failed to get its due in her lifetime after its Broadway transfer was canceled. Following a resurgence in regional revivals this past decade, Roundabout brings Childress’s prophetic work to Broadway.

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What to Watch For

  • Trouble in Mind premiered off Broadway in 1955 at Stella Holt's Greenwich Mews Theatre, where it ran for 91 performances to critical acclaim.
  • The play’s canceled Broadway transfer would have marked the first play by an African American woman ever produced on Broadway. The transfer was canceled because producers asked Childress to tone down her treatment of racism, which she refused to do. The current Broadway production presents Trouble in Mind exactly as Childress wrote it.
  • Childress wrote over a dozen plays. However, she achieved the most commercial success as a novelist, such as with the young adult work A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But A Sandwich.
  • Trouble in Mind reopens Roundabout’s premiere Broadway space for plays the American Airlines Theatre, following its shuttering in March 2020.
  • Trouble in Mind has received regional revivals in recent years in New Jersey, Malibu, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

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