Broadway from Your Bedside

Stephanie Mills dancing and singing as Dorothy in The Wiz is my most vivid memory of Broadway as a child. Up to that point, I like every other girl that watched the Wizard of Oz on television, only knew Dorothy to be a cute, dark-haired innocent-looking white girl. So, when I saw Stephanie Mills easing down the road on Broadway, I was entranced.

I did not come to fully appreciate these experiences until I was a woman responsible for ensuring that my girl children were given opportunities to broaden their horizons. I also did not realize until I was an adult, the love for Broadway that my mother and grandmother had instilled in me. Once I entered into the motherhood club, I took every opportunity to share this love with my daughters. 

Societal advancements have created opportunities for people everywhere to experience Broadway. And social distancing has made people rethink ways to bring even more experiences to more people. With that in mind, if you love Broadway as I do, here are two options you can enjoy while curled up in your bed.

AMERICAN SON

Gabby and I saw this during our last weekend trip to New York! Being the extreme planner that I am, I almost purchased tickets for the Lion King. Thank goodness I didn’t (no disrespect to Mufasa).

American Son explores the issue of race, identity, and police relations. Without giving away too much, Kerry Washington plays a black woman seeking help from law enforcement when her son, Jamal, goes missing.

HAMILTON

Even I, who often feels like I am living under a rock knows about the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. I somehow missed the fact that the cast was black (a back under the rock moment for me). Unfortunately, the tickets cost a small fortune. By the time I was ready to empty my pockets, I couldn’t find time to get to New York. I am incredibly thankful to Disney Plus for making it FREE!! I am now trying to find that perfect time to curl up in my bed to watch. Maybe tonight is the night!

Hamilton was created by Lin-Manuel Miranda and is about American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. 

2 PLAYS I HOPE WILL BECOME STREAMABLE

FENCES

I was so excited to see Denzel and Viola on Broadway together in August Wilson’s Fences. I hope that it will be streamable in the near future.

TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL

Cicely Tyson is an icon. When I think about strong black women, Ms. Tyson’s image consistently comes to me. To have the opportunity to see her on Broadway in Trip to Bountiful, I have to say, is one of the most exceptional experiences I have had.

If they ever stream Trip to Bountiful with Cicely Tyson I highlight recommend you tune in.

If you ever watch American Son or Hamilton be sure to let me know what you think.

Much Love,

Tonza

Author: Tonza D. Ruffin

Perfectly Imperfect but VERY PROUD WOMAN, MOM, LAWYER, and AUTHOR, but most importantly...LIFE LOVER! I laugh loud, I work hard, I play hard, I am adventurous, I am curious, I am driven, I have moments of deep insecurity, I am loving, I am vulnerable, I am explosive (not one of my finer qualities), I dance around my house alone, I am an awful perfectionist which makes my insecurity worse, I sing out loud in my car without any concern for whose watching, I have trust issues, I do not live through my children, I no longer try to force my children into the mold that I created so that I could feel validated as a mother, I am a risk-taker, I am guarded in my personal life, I am kind, I am grateful. I am so excited about the rest of my life!

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