Tony nominee and Emmy winner Colman Domingo hosted a Juicy Disco at Broadway's Fat Ham April 1 to celebrate the James Ijames' Broadway premiere. Currently in previews at the American Airlines Theatre where it will open April 12, Fat Ham plays a strictly limited engagement.
The event featured a 3D skull-turned-booth, themed cocktails, Southern barbeque, and a playlist curated by DJ Lina Bradford. The disco sound and cookout-style food were appropriately picked as Ijames' reinvention of Shakespeare's classic tragedy Hamlet features both. Set at a Southern cookout, queer college kid Juicy has to grapple with identity questions, the ghost of his father, and a supernatural demand for vengeance. His choice? Whether to break or perpetuate cycles of trauma and violence.
Domingo also serves as a producer of the play's Broadway production which is the first National Black Theatre production (co-produced by The Public Theater) to transfer to Broadway. The run has announced a series of community events and affinity nights.
Check out the Juicy Disco with the gallery below.
Saheem Ali directs the Pulitzer-winning play which stars Marcel Spears as Juicy, Nikki Crawford as Tedra, Chris Herbie Holland as Tio, Billy Eugene Jones as Rev and Pap, Adrianna Mitchell as Opal, Calvin Leon Smith as Larry, and Benja Kay Thomas as Rabby; Crawford, Holland, Mitchell, Smith, and Spears are all making their Broadway debuts.
Ali, who directed the Off-Broadway production, also makes his Main Stem debut. The creative team also features the return of scenic designer Maruti Evans, costume designer Dominique Fawn Hill, sound designer Mikaal Sulaiman, choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie, hair and wig designer Earon Chew Nealey, and illusions designer Skylar Fox. They are joined by lighting designer Bradley King, fight director Lisa Kopitsky, and singing coach Deborah Lapidus. Casting is by Kate Murray.
Fat Ham is produced on Broadway by the recently announced Cynthia Erivo, Rashad V. Chambers, No Guarantees and Public Theater Productions, while Andy Jones and Dylan Pager serve as executive producers.