Actress Cynthia Nixon is set to make her stage directorial debut with playwright Joel Drake Johnson's Rasheeda Speaking. Edward Scissorhands star Dianne Wiest and Enchanted's Tonya Pinkins will star in the play, which will centre on two friends who are pitted against each other when one of their jobs is put in jeopardy by their boss.
The stage show will premiere in January (15) in New York.
Nixon has enjoyed huge acting success on Broadway - since her debut in 1980 in the revival of The Philadelphia Story, her credits have included The Real Thing, Hurlyburly, Wit, Indiscretions, The Women and Rabbit Hole, for which she won a Tony Award.
Singer/actor Saul Williams has been tapped to lead the cast of a long awaited stageshow inspired by the music of late rapper Tupac Shakur. Williams will star alongside Tony Award-winner Tonya Pinkins, Christopher Jackson and Ben Thompson in Holler If Ya Hear Me, which will chronicle the struggles of two friends surviving inner-city life in the American Midwest.
The musical will be directed by Kenny Leon, who is currently winning acclaim for the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, starring Denzel Washington.
Holler If Ya Hear Me will begin previews on 29 May (14) at Broadway's Palace Theatre.
Starred in Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's "Caroline, or Change"; received a Tony nomination for her performance
Raised in Chicago, Illinois
Broadway debut in the musical version of "Merrily We Roll Along"
Made professional debut as a singer and actor at age 14 in local productions (date approximate)
Had regular role of Heather Dalton on the CBS daytime serial "As the World Turns"
Joined the cast of the ABC daytime drama "All My Children" in May; cast as attorney Livia Frye
Had supporting role in the film "Above the Rim"
Was featured in the stage musical "Chronicle of a Death Foretold"
Returned to Broadway as a featured player in "The Wild Party", written by Michael John LaChiusa and staged by George C Wolfe
Film debut in "Beat Street"
Acted in the Gene Wilder-Richard Pryor vehicle "See No Evil, Hear No Evil"
Solo cabaret debut at Joe's Pub in NYC
Garnered praise and numerous accolades, including a Tony Award, for repeating Sweet Anita opposite Gregory Hines in the Broadway staging of "Jelly's Last Jam", directed by George C Wolfe
Had regular role on the short-lived syndicated series "University Hospital"
Originated role of Sweet Anita in Los Angeles staging of the musical "Jelly's Last Jam"
Appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" in Central Park
Co-starred in "Play On!", a musical version of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" with a score by Duke Ellington; received a Tony Award nomination
born in November 1996
born c. 1943; Jewish; Caucasian; met in 1986 when she auditioned for him; married on February 10, 1987; he served her with divorce papers on November 12, 1992; resulting custody battle was widely reported; judge found in favor of Brawer; divorced c. 1995; Pinkins regained visitation rights with her two older sons in September 1996