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Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway Tickets

This world premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club brings a bustling hair salon to the stage.
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About Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway

Make your appointment at Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway, the latest world-premiere play from award-winning playwright Jocelyn Bioh. Get Jaja's African Hair Braiding tickets on TodayTix.

On one hot summer day at the title Harlem salon, a group of West African women create artistic masterpieces with their clients' hair. As usual, they chat about their dreams, loves, and ambitions — but they also discuss the ever-growing threat of suddenly being outsiders in their own neighborhood. Don't miss this equally fun and poignant comedy from the writer of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play and Obie Award-winning director Whitney White.

Step into the salon this fall. Get Jaja's African Hair Braiding Broadway tickets on TodayTix.

Run time

1h 30m

Start date

September 12th, 2023

End date

November 19th, 2023

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1K+ Reviews

John Ned

John Ned

171 Reviews | 180 Followers
90
Refreshing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to experience a funny play that feels like real life. I felt like I was actually in the salon and by the end cared about characters

Don’t see it if possibly some men may find little that interests/relates to them happening in the salon. Some quick dialogue can be missed.

Piwacket

Piwacket

113 Reviews | 72 Followers
85
Spend a day at the salon!

See it if You want to hang out with authentic characters who you will empathize and laugh with.

Don’t see it if You don’t like plays that focus predominantly from a woman’s perspective.

Elisa 9119

Elisa 9119

601 Reviews | 286 Followers
89
Funny, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if This is a fun comedy that takes place in 1day&is abt having your hair done in the"best" braiding shop in Harlem where(of course) you will*

Don’t see it if A 2 harsh ending needs some work,&occasionally,some fast-talking w culturally specific accents had me miss a few jokes of a delightful prod.

DOUG Rob NYC

DOUG Rob NYC

762 Reviews | 423 Followers
96
Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Intelligent, funny, moving & powerful addressing family, immigration & love thru dreams, hope & aspirations. Outstanding cast & direction.

Don’t see it if Some audience members may have difficulty with the accents.

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Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway cast and creative team

By: Jocelyn Bioh
Director: Whitney White
Producer: Manhattan Theatre Club, Madison Wells Live, LaChanze, Taraji P. Henson
Cast list: Brittany Adebumola (as Miriam), Maechi Aharanwa (as Ndidi), Rachel Christopher (as Jennifer), Kalyne Coleman (as Chrissy/Michelle/LaNiece), Somi Kakoma (as Jaja), Lakisha May (as Vanessa/Radia/Sheila), Nana Mensah (as Aminata), Michael Oloyede (as James/Sock Man/DVD Man/Jewelry Man), Dominique Thorne (as Marie), Zenzi Williams (as Bea)
Design: David Zinn
Costumes: Dede Ayite
Lighting: Jiyoun Chang
Sound: Justin Ellington
Other info: Video design by Stefania Bulbarella, hair and wig design by Nikiya Mathis, dialect and vocal coaching by Dawn-Elin Fraser

Venue

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

261 West 47th Street, New York, NY, United States, 10036

Accessibility

Elevator access, wheelchair access, assisted listening devices, on-demand closed captioning, open captioning, audio description, Braille and large print Playbills

More information about Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway

Both Bioh and White are making Broadway debuts with Jaja's African Hair Braiding. Bioh, who is also an actor, performed in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in 2014, but this play marks her Broadway writing debut. All her previous plays have debuted off Broadway and beyond: the multi-award-winning School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, the rom-com Nollywood Dreams, and the Shakespeare adaptation Merry Wives.

White is best known for her Obie Award-winning direction of Our Dear Dead Drug Lord off Broadway in 2019, and for other shows including the world premiere of Aleshea Harris's Pulitzer-nominated On Sugarland.

What to Watch For

  • Bioh set another one of her plays, Merry Wives, amid an African diasporic community in Harlem. A key event in that show takes place while a character is at a Senegalese braiding salon.
  • Bioh doesn't just write plays — she inspires them, too. Fellow playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins wrote a role in his play An Octoroon specifically for her to play.
  • Bioh's plays are mostly comedic because she wants to portray the joy, not suffering, of African communities. She is inspired by the personalities and lives of her Ghanaian relatives.
  • She's keeping busy! Bioh wrote the book for a new musical, Goddess, which premiered in California and is rumored to be aiming for Broadway. Saheem Ali, who directed Bioh's Merry Wives, conceived the musical.
  • Taraji P. Henson and LaChanze are on the Jaja's African Hair Braiding producing team.

Frequently asked questions

What is Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway about?

Make your appointment at the hair salon for Jocelyn Bioh's latest play. One one hot summer day in Harlem, a group of women, who are longtime neighborhood residents, share their hopes, ambitions, and fears of slowly being pushed to the outskirts of the place they've always called home.

Which theatre is Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway at?

Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway is at New York's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

What is the running time of Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway?

Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway runs for 1h 30m

How do you get tickets for Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway?

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Who wrote Jaja's African Hair Braiding?

Jocelyn Bioh wrote Jaja's African Hair Braiding, which marks her Broadway playwriting debut. She's best known for her award-winning play School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play.

Who directed Jaja's African Hair Braiding?

Whitney White directs Jaja's African Hair Braiding. She is known for her Obie Award-winning direction of Our Dear Dead Drug Lord, and she now makes her Broadway debut with Jaja.

Is Jaja's African Hair Braiding appropriate for kids?

Jaja's African Hair Braiding is recommended for ages 16 and up.

Is Jaja's African Hair Braiding good?

Jaja's African Hair Braiding celebrates the vibrant history of hair braiding and community among Black women, and two award-winning creatives tell this story. It's absolutely worth it to make your appointment at the salon.

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