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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom   

Royale Theatre, (2/06/2003 - 4/06/2003)
First Preview: Jan 22, 2003 Total Previews: 14
Opening Date: Feb 06, 2003    
Closing Date: Apr 06, 2003 Total Performances: 68

Category: Play, Drama, Revival, Broadway
Setting: The bandroom and recording studio of a record company in Chicago. The "Race" division. Early March 1927.

Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Philip J. Smith: President; Robert E. Wankel: Executive Vice President)
Produced by Sageworks (Benjamin Mordecai, Executive Producer; August Wilson), Benjamin Mordecai, Robert G. Bartner, Harriet Newman Leve, Jennifer Manocherian, Kim Poster, Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions and Whoopi Goldberg; Produced in association with Peg McFeeley Golden, Willa Shalit, Morton Swinsky, James D. Stern, Brian Brolly and Susan Dietz; Produced by special arrangement with Robert Cole and Frederick Zollo; Associate Producer: Debbie Bisno and Alice Chebba Walsh
Written by August Wilson; Musical Director: Dwight Andrews; Featuring "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "See See Rider" written by Ma Rainey; Featuring "Hear Me Talking to You" written by Louis Armstrong; Featuring "Trust No Man" written by Lillian Hardeway Henderson; Featuring "Doctor Jazz" written by Joseph Oliver and Walter Melrose
Directed by Marion McClinton; Assistant Director: Tamara Fisch
Scenic Design by David Gallo; Costume Design by Toni-Leslie James; Lighting Design by Donald Holder; Sound Design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen; Assistant Scenic Design: Zhanna Gurvich; Associate Lighting Design: Hilary Manners; Associate Sound Design: Christopher Cronin; Assistant Sound Design: Catherine D. Mardis; Associate Costume Design: Bonnie McCoy; Hair Supervisor / Design: Qodi Armstrong; Miss Goldberg's Hair Design: Julia Walker
General Manager: Roger Alan Gindi; Company Manager: Bobby Driggers; Assistant Co. Mgr: Adam Miller
Production Stage Manager: Diane DiVita; Technical Supervisor: Tech Production Services, Inc. and Colleen Houlehen; Stage Manager: Cynthia Kocher
Casting: Janet Foster; Press Representative: Barlow-Hartman Public Relations; Fight direction by David S. Leong; Audience Development: Marcia Pendelton and Donna Walker-Kuhne; Marketing: TMG - The Marketing Group; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Photographer: Joan Marcus
This production is dedicated to the memory of Theresa Merritt, Joe Seneca and Robert Judd
Charles S. Dutton
Whoopi Goldberg
Ma Rainey
Louis Zorich
studio owner
Thomas Jefferson Byrd
Broadway debut
Tony Cucci
Broadway debut
Jack Davidson
Ma's manager
Carl Gordon
Stephen McKinley Henderson
Slow Drag
Anthony Mackie
Broadway debut
Ma's nephew
Heather Alicia Simms
Broadway debut
Dussie Mae
Understudies: Helmar Augustus Cooper (Cutler, Slow Drag, Toledo), Leland Gantt (Levee, Slow Drag, Sylvester), Rochelle Hogue (Dussie Mae), Ebony Jo-Ann (Ma Rainey), Anthony Mackie (Levee) and Joe Zaloom (Irvin, Policeman, Sturdyvant)
Tony Award®
2003 Best Featured Actor in a Play [nominee]
Thomas Jefferson Byrd
Theatre World
winner 2003 Award [recipient]
Thomas Jefferson Byrd