March 11, 2008 / 7:42 AM / 10 years ago

R&B singer India.Arie eyes Broadway bow

NEW YORK (Back Stage) - Grammy-winning R&B singer-songwriter India.Arie will star in the first Broadway revival of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf.”

<p>Singer India.Arie performs at the 41st Montreux Jazz festival July 8, 2007. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse</p>

Often described as a choreopoem, the play presents the stories of seven women of color from the African Diaspora. No other cast members have been chosen, nor has a theater been named. It is scheduled to begin previews in mid-July, ahead of an opening in early August.

Shirley Jo Finney will direct, and three-time Tony winner Hinton Battle will choreograph.

In summer 1976, the Obie-winning play had a three-month run off-Broadway at the Public Theater and then moved to Broadway, where it ran for nearly two years. It was nominated for the Tony for best play, and Trazana Beverley won a Tony for best featured actress in a play.

“For Colored Girls” was remounted off-Broadway at American Place Theatre in summer 2000, but this will be its first revival on the Main Stem.

India.Arie (real name: India Arie Simpson) currently has the No. 2 album on the U.S. pop chart with “4th World War,” her first full-length album in eight years. Her brief acting credits include a stint as singer Nina Simone on NBC’s “American Dreams.”

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