NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Thursday marks the opening that took 66 years to finally make it to Broadway.
“Trouble In Mind” officially opened Thursday at the American Airlines Theatre, where stars from theater, TV and film helped celebrate the show’s triumphant arrival.READ MORE: Harlem's Josephine Baker About To Be Given France's Highest Honor, A Resting Place In The Pantheon
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The play was written by Alice Childress in 1955 about her struggles in the New York theater scene. It was scheduled to open on Broadway in 1957, but never did.
“Her writing was so prescient, I can’t believe she wrote the things that we are dealing with right now. Especially what I call two pandemics. We have a health pandemic as well as a race pandemic,” said director Charles Randolph-Wright. “It’s astounding that we’re steal dealing with issues 66 years later.”MORE NEWS: Stephen Sondheim, Legend Of The Broadway Musical, Dead At 91
Actress and playwright Alice Childress died in 1994.