Jaja's African Hair Braiding Completes Broadway Run November 19 | Playbill

Broadway News Jaja's African Hair Braiding Completes Broadway Run November 19

Whitney White directs the new Jocelyn Bioh play for Manhattan Theatre Club at the Friedman.

Kalyne Coleman and Maechi Aharanwa in Jaja’s African Hair Braiding Matthew Murphy

The world premiere of Jocelyn Bioh's Jaja’s African Hair Braiding completes its extended run at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre November 19. The play began previews September 12 and officially opened October 3. Whitney White directs.

Today's final performance will stream live, as did the entire final week of performances.

The work is set in a Harlem hair braiding salon where a hot summer day brings out some love, dreams, and secrets. The cast features Brittany Adebumola (The Other Black Girl) as Miriam, Maechi Aharanwa (The Misanthrope) as Ndidi, Rachel Christopher (for colored girls who have considered suicide...) as Jennifer, Kalyne Coleman (So Help Me Todd) as Chrissy/Michelle/LaNiece, Somi Kakoma (Dreaming Zenzile) as Jaja, Lakisha May (Skeleton Crew) as Vanessa/Radia/Sheila, Nana Mensah (Presumed Innocent) as Aminata, Michael Oloyede (Inanimate) as James/Sock Man/DVD Man/Jewelry Man, Dominique Thorne (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) as Marie, and Zenzi Williams (Mobile Unit of Henry V) as Bea.

Rounding out the company are understudies Victoire Charles, Abigail C. Onwunali, Onye Eme-Akwari, Morgan Scott, and Rachel Christopher. Casting is by Caparelliotis Casting's Kelly Gillespie and Erica Hart.

READ: How Jocelyn Bioh Is Balancing a Broadway Play, and a Newborn

The production features scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, original music and sound design by Justin Ellington, video design by Stefania Bulbarella, and hair and wig design by Nikiya Mathis. Dawn-Elin Fraser is dialect and voice coach, and Melanie J. Lisby is production stage manager.

Some A-list names are alongside MTC on the production's producing team, including LaChanze, Taraji P. Henson, and Madison Wells Live. The credit is Henson's Broadway producing debut, while LaChanze has previously produced Topdog/Underdog, Kimberly Akimbo, and Here Lies Love. Already a Tony winner for her performance in the original Broadway production of The Color Purple, LaChanze became a three-time Tony winner following 2023 Tony wins in production categories for Topdog/Underdog and Kimberly Akimbo.

Next up for Manhattan Theatre Club is a Broadway bow for Joshua Harmon's Prayer for the French Republic, beginning previews December 19.

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