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FILE – Author Ntozake Shange attends a special screening of ‘For Colored Girls’ in New York on October 25, 2010. A classic play by the late Shange, ‘colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf’, is in being re-released in book form in April to coincide with its Broadway revival by director-choreographer Camille A. Brown. The play first performed on Broadway in 1976. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — A classic play by the late Ntozake Shange is being reissued in book form in April to coincide with its Broadway revival by director-choreographer Camille A. Brown.

Scribner announced Tuesday that Brown and award-winning novelist Jesmyn Ward will perform Shange’s choreography “for colored girls who’ve considered suicide/when the rainbow is inf,” which first aired at Broadway in 1976. The book will include an additional poem never used in the text before and photographs from previous stagings of the play.

“Of all the shows to be given as an opportunity to debut as a director and choreographer for the first time on Broadway, ‘for girls of color…’ feels like a gift,” Brown said in a statement. “I am thrilled to have been commissioned to combine all parts of myself – dance, music and theater arts – to shape and once again share this timeless story with the world.”

Brown’s choreography for “Choir Boy” earned him a Tony nomination in 2019.

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