La La Anthony Joins Producing Team of Broadway’s “Eclipsed” Starring Lupita Nyong’o
Rick Miramontez / Scott Braun / Jaron Caldwell
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ACTRESS, TELEVISION PERSONALITY
& BEST-SELLING AUTHOR
A L A N I “ L A L A ” A N T H O N Y
JOINS PRODUCING TEAM
“ E C L I P S E D ”
ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER
JOINS THE PRODUCTION’S CAMPAIGN TO BRING
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TO SEE THE SHOW
PREVIEWS BEGIN FEBRUARY 23
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR MARCH 6, 2016
AT THE GOLDEN THEATER
New York, NY – It was announced today that popular actress, television personality and best-selling author Alani “LaLa” Anthony—in her highly anticipated Broadway producing debut—joins the producing team of the new American play Eclipsed by Danai Gurira and starring Academy Award® winner Lupita Nyong’o joined by Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah and Saycon Sengbloh, all from the original cast of The Public Theater’s sold-out Off-Broadway run last fall where Eclipsed was named to ‘Best of’ year-end lists from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, Time Out NY, and The Wrap, amongst others. Eclipsed, directed by Liesl Tommy, will begin previews on Broadway on February 23, 2016, with opening night set for March 6, 2016 at the Golden Theatre (252 W. 45th Street). For tickets and information, please visit www.EclipsedBroadway.com.
“I am so thrilled to be joining a production filled with such powerful, talented women,” said Alani “LaLa” Anthony in a statement. “Eclipsed is a stunning new play that demands to be seen, and to make my Broadway debut as a producer with it is an honor!”
Anthony added: “I’m especially excited to join the production’s efforts to bring thousands of young women to see the show through its 10,000 Girls campaign. What an extraordinary opportunity to pave the way for the next generation of commanding young women.”
Alani “LaLa” Anthony multitasks as actress, producer, fashion-and-cosmetics mogul and best-selling author. She can currently be seen in the newest season of the A&E drama Unforgettable as well as on the Starz original drama series Power. Anthony’s film credits include the critically acclaimed Spike Lee film Chi-Raq, Think Like a Man and Think Like a Man Too. She recently shot the Ernest Dickerson’s film “Double Play which will be out later this year. Anthony is a New York Times Best Selling author of two books The Love Playbook and The Power Playbook. Anthony is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.
Eclipsed marks a historic moment on Broadway: the first time the cast, director, and playwright are composed entirely of female artists, fitting for a production that so stunningly chronicles the experiences of a group of very resilient women.
Eclipsed is proud to participate in 10,000 Girls, an initiative to bring ten thousand girls to see the show. These young women would be from the Tri-State area between the ages of 16 to 24, and would likely never have the opportunity to attend a Broadway show. For more information, visit www.tenthousandgirls.com.
Eclipsed’s sold out engagement at The Public Theater concluded on November 29, 2015 after having been twice-extended during its celebrated run. The production marked the fastest-selling new play in recent Public history, with a bevy of starry audience members in attendance over the course of the run including luminaries Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Stevie Wonder, Spike Lee, Sally Field, Chris Rock, Alfre Woodard, Harry Belafonte, and Common, among many others.
On the heels of her Academy Award-winning, breakout performance in 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’o stunned critics and audiences in the Public Theater's sold-out hit Eclipsed—the “scorching and powerful” (The Guardian) new play by Zimbabwean-American playwright and actress Danai Gurira (star of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and co-author of In the Continuum). Now, the global star makes her Broadway debut in this “must-see” (NBC New York) production written, directed and performed entirely by female artists.
Eclipsed is the story of five extraordinary women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia. They forge a close-knit community… one that inspires them to feats of increasingly greater strength. Directed by South African-born Liesl Tommy (The Good Negro, Appropriate), Eclipsed is a stirring tale of hope, humor and resilience—and the only new play by a woman on Broadway this season.
Eclipsed is produced on Broadway by Stephen C. Byrd, Alia Jones-Harvey, Paula Marie Black, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Alani LaLa Anthony, Kenny Ozoude, Michael Magers, Willette Klausner, Dominion Pictures, Emanon Productions, FG Productions, Scott & Molly Forstall, The Public Theater and Associate Producer Marvet Britto.
“Shattering. A riveting, superbly acted production with terrific roles for five women. Lupita Nyong’o’s tremendously accomplished performance cuts to the bone. The superlative performances from all five actors, under Liesl Tommy’s sensitive direction, draws us deeply into the lives of the women. Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed flickers with glimmers of light, humanity and hope.”
(Charles Isherwood, New York Times)
“Mesmerizing and unmissable.”
(Jesse Green, New York Magazine)
“A searing drama superbly directed by Liesl Tommy and powerfully acted by a strong ensemble led by Oscar-winning Lupita Nyong’o.”
(Marilyn Stasio, Variety)
“Eclipsed pulls us into and holds us captive in a vivid world rendered with unflinching honesty, delicate poignancy and surprising humor.”
(David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter)