A Twitter campaign is trying to save “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf” after it was announced this week that the critically acclaimed Broadway show would be closing.
Theater journalist Ayanna Prescod and power publicist Lisa Goldberg have been spearheading the charge, tweeting out pairs of tickets available for free “for any woman, POC, theater student who would like to see the show,” Goldberg posted.
Tickets have been sponsored by Broadway legends including Chita Rivera, Bebe Neuwirth, “Into The Woods” choreographer Lorin Latarro, “Funny Girl” star Ramin Karimloo and “Mare of Easttown” actor Joe Tippett.
“My initial tweet was to offer one WOC a pair of tickets … Then I went on to ask someone to match me. Because of the outpouring of love we have so far purchased about 40 pairs of tickets and that doesn’t include people who have branched out to buy. I am overwhelmed,” Prescod tweeted on Thursday.
TodayTix has joined in to help, dropping their fees associated with buying multiple rounds of tickets.
We’re told that the campaign — which hopes to create enough buzz for the show to generate more sales and stay open — has brought in more than $15,000 in ticket sales.
Camille A. Brown has made history with the show, becoming the first black woman to direct and choreograph a Broadway play since 1955.
The New York Times called the work, a mix of dance and poetry, “thrilling and exuberant.” The Hollywood Reporter said the show is “a joy to witness,” and Vulture praised it as a “triumph.” A review in Broadway news stated, “For the 95 minutes it took to experience this new adaptation, I was so enthralled with the beauty splaying out in front of me, it was difficult to look down and scribble notes.”
The show is set to close May 22, three months earlier than planned after audiences have been just half full.
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