Maya Angelou’s Life Story and Powerful Words Are Heading to Broadway

The phenomenal woman's legacy is being adapted for the stage. image
  • Broadway is turning the late poet Maya Angelou’s life story into a one-woman show.
  • Phenomenal Woman: An Evening With Maya Angelou is expected to open in 2021.
  • The Broadway production will include Angelou's writings, along with some private reflections that haven't been made public.
Just as she wrote in her beloved 1995 poem, Maya Angelou is the definition of a phenomenal woman. And soon, Broadway will bring the famed poet's words and life story to the stage in 2021 for the aptly-titled, one-woman show, Phenomenal Woman: An Evening With Maya Angelou. On Wednesday, April 10, Angelou's son, Guy Johnson, issued a statement that the production is currently in the works and will draw from the late literary icon's various "writings, along with some private musings that have never before been made public."

"My mother lived an extraordinary life," said Johnson, who is also creatively involved in the show as a producer. "She brought a sense of passion to living and invested herself wholly in it. What she wanted most was justice for all human beings, and the freedom to experience joy and laughter."

At this time, details are scarce about casting information, but Deadline reported that Phenomenal Woman is being developed and produced by David Michael Rich of Corstoria, LLC, and J. Todd Harris of Branded Pictures Entertainment.

Since Angelou's death in May 2014, the prolific author and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient continues to be an inspiration for the younger generation.

In recent months, a throwback video resurfaced of Angelou correcting a young girl on how to say her name sparked debate on the proper way to address elders and adults. And earlier this week, Beyoncé released a trailer for her upcoming Netflix documentary, Homecoming, where she used Angelou's powerful words from a 2013 interview on the Canadian show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. It seems the legend's legacy lives on.

"We hope to capture her joie de vivre," Johnson, added about the Broadway show. "We’re going to include some private anecdotes that will be a revelation to audiences. I’m pleased to be working with this team in bringing her story to life and can’t wait for the public to experience it."

 
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