"A wild evening of black black humor. George C. Wolfe takes no prisoners."— The New York Times
The Colored Museum presents 11 hilarious “exhibits” of African-American culture — from the depths of the Celebrity Slaveship to the spinning heights of Harlem. Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe’s groundbreaking comedy has electrified, discomforted, and delighted audiences of all colors, skewering stereotypes and redefining what it means to be black in contemporary America. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Billy Porter, it features a wonderful cast with terrific music and dancing, and is a great night out at the theatre.
Approximate run time: 90 minutes with no intermission.
"George Wolfe's sketches of black American life are both startling and hilarious. The play was ahead of its time in 1987 and is now ripe for a major revival. I'm thrilled that the incredible Billy Porter, fresh from his Tony Award-winning performance in Kinky Boots on Broadway, will direct. Bringing these two brilliant American theatre artists together is a dream."— Peter DuBois
"The Colored Museum came into my life at a very formative time. I was a teenager longing for more than just one type of 'Black' representation in the creative storytelling landscape. George Wolfe's unique and irreverent voice of inclusion ignited the fire of possibility inside of me and set me on a creative journey that included stretching myself beyond what, up until then, I thought was possible for a little black gay boy from the ghetto. I am forever grateful."— Billy Porter
Learn more about this uproarious and groundbreaking comedy in this exclusive interview with director Billy Porter and cast members Nathan Lee Graham, Rema Webb, Shayna Small, Ken Robinson, and Capathia Jenkins.
Nathan Lee Graham has New York credits that include the Broadway productions of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and The Wild Party. Off Broadway, he was recently seen in Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre) and Wig Out! (Vineyard Theatre).
Capathia Jenkins has appeared on Broadway in Newsies; Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me; Caroline, or Change; The Look of Love; and The Civil War.
Ken Robinson has appeared on Broadway in Memphis (Shubert Theatre) and Baby It’s You! (Broadhurst Theatre). Off Broadway he appeared in Central Avenue Breakdown (New York Musical Theatre Festival).
Shayna Small most recently appeared Off Broadway at The Public Theater/ NYSF in Parable of the Sower.
Rema Webb is a 17-year Broadway veteran. She made her Broadway debut in the 1998 production of Ragtime, and most recently she returned to Disney’s The Lion King, where she has been a cast member since 1999.
Akili Jamal Haynes is the musical director of the music ministry at Unity in the City in Brookline, Massachusetts.
George C. Wolfe is the author of The Colored Museum and Spunk, as well as the books of Jelly’s Last Jam (Drama Desk Award) and The Wild Party (Tony Award nomination), which he co-authored. His Broadway directing credits include A Free Man of Color (Lincoln Center Theater); Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (Tony and Drama Desk Awards, Pulitzer Prize) and Perestroika (Drama Desk Award); Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk (Tony and Drama League Awards)..
Billy Porter is the 2013 Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle award winner for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Lola in the Best Musical Tony Award winner Kinky Boots.
James Sampliner began his career as the resident music director at Williamstown Theatre Festival from 1997–2004, after graduating from Indiana University’s School of Music.
Clint Ramos previously designed A Raisin in the Sun, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Ruined at the Huntington. Recent set and/or costume credits include the Broadway productions of The Elephant Man with Bradley Cooper (also West End) and Violet.
Anita Yavich returns to the Huntington after working on Boleros for the Disenchanted and The Miracle at Naples. Broadway credits include Venus in Fur, Chinglish, and Anna in the Tropics.
Driscoll Otto recently had his Metropolitan Opera debut with La Donna del Lago. His Off Broadway credits include Under My Skin. He has worked in New York with Ars Nova, Mint Theater Company, New Ohio Theatre, La MaMa, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Gotham Chamber Opera.
John Shivers & Kevin Kennedy have worked together on numerous projects including Bonnie & Clyde, Hugh Jackman, and Kinky Boots in their pre-Broadway productions..
Zachary G. Borovay has Broadway credits that include Rock of Ages, Holler If Ya Hear Me, No Man’s Land, Waiting for Godot, Ann, Evita, Elf, Lombardi, A Catered Affair, and Xanadu.
Emily F. McMullen previously worked on Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Awake and Sing!, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Smart People, The Seagull, Venus in Fur, and The Cocktail Hour at the Huntington.
Tareena D. Wimbish has worked on the international productions of Death of a Salesman (Theatre Mitu – Abu Dhabi) and multiple productions with KunstKulturQuartier (Germany).
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