From March 21–25 only, Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre, in the Castillo Theatre (543 W 42nd Street) will present a special tribute to the genius of Micki Grant. Titled “Micki Grant: Step Into My World,” the presentation will feature unpublished works by the late playwright and poet.
The late, great Grant was a lady of so many talents. Most people know her as the first Black woman to achieve the distinction of writing the book, music, and lyrics for a Broadway production with her fabulous musical “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope.” You might also know her as the co-author of “Your Arms Too Short to Box with God.” She wrote about the Black experience in various ways that gave a voice to our people, our struggles, our spirit, and our successes.
This event is an opportunity to hear Grant’s unpublished poems, lyrics, and thoughts about love, politics, America, family, food, historical figures loved and lost, all presented with music seldom heard, and some accompanied by songs from “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope,” “Your Arms Too Short to Box with God,” and “So Nice to Be Civilized & Working.”
The events, to be presented at 7 p.m. each evening, have been compiled and will be directed by Nora Cole, a long-time friend of Grant. She will also perform along with Ebony Marshall Oliver and Debra Walton. It is an opportunity to step into a world with Grant’s deep, funny, penetrating, mesmerizing, reaffirming thoughts, so don’t miss the chance.
For tickets, go to wwww.newfederaltheatre.com. See you there!