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Dawnn Lewis, James Pickens & Angela Bassett at premiere of ‘Joe Turner’s Come and Gone’

*Phylicia Rashad does it again with “Joe Turner’s Come & Gone” at the Mark Taper Forum in Downtown Los Angeles. The production is a breathtaking, full house success!

EURweb associate LaCora Stephens of the “YES! Show” was there in full effect amongst the star studded audience. Original Broadway cast member Angela Bassett described “Turner” as “…rich, full, funny, insightful, poetic; you’ll love it, so come see. It’s definitely a play that will pull you in!”

LaCora agrees as well, the show had her at the edge of her seat during the climax and in tears during the resolution. As Starletta DuPois candidly stated as you’ll see below in our red carpet interview below, “This cast is something fierce!”

Black Hollywood was definitely out in support as evidenced by Dondre Whitfield alongside wife Salli Richardson-Whitfield. Other celebs also included James Pickens, Jenifer Lewis, Yvonne Nicole Brown, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Dawnn Lewis, Malcolm Jamal-Warner, Kym Whitley, Lamman Rucker, Chrystee Pharris and of course Rashad’s sister Debbie Allen. Not only was Allen’s sister directing, but her daughter Vivian Nixon made her debut in a full dramatic play as Molly Cunningham. Even EURweb associate LaCora Stephens was excited because the Cunningham character was her very first role as well while a student at Florida A&M University.

By the way, the full cast includes: Glynn Turman, Keith David, John Douglas Thompson, Lillas White, Gabriel Brown, January LaVoy, Vivian Nixon, Raynor Scheine, Skye Barrett, Erica Tazel, Nathaniel James Potvin.

It was unanimous that everyone was there to see Phylicia Rashad direct yet another Broadway worthy production.  Keith David, playing the role of Seth Holly, mentioned that, “I hope in my lifetime I get to perform in all of August Wilson’s work.”

Rashad simply stated, “You want to see this: it is such a brilliant, beautiful play with so much heart and so much love.” She went on to thank all of the theatre supporters, “…it means a great deal; thank you for supporting arts education.”

When asked of the director if she had hopes of taking her directorial career to Broadway she responded, “Oh Child, think I need to go home and take a nap first!”

“Joe Turner’s Come & Gone” runs until June 9 at the Mark Taper Forum in Downtown Los Angeles. For more info visit the Center Theatre Group.