"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.
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) and others. He is honored to serve on the President's Committee for the Arts and Humanities and recently conceived/directed a celebration of the American musical at the White House.
Billy Porteris 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. His directing credits include Company, Letters From ’Nam, The Wiz,Being Alive, Twilight In Manchego, Once On This Island (NAACP Theatre Award winner for Best Direction), The Soul Of Richard Rodgers, Five Guys Named Moe, Altar Boyz, RENT (Associate Director, Off Broadway revival), and more. A Pittsburgh native, he received his BFA in drama from Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a graduate of UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting.
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