Trouble in Mind starring Tony® & Emmy® Award winner LaChanze— now on Broadway - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Monday, November 1, 2021

Trouble in Mind starring Tony® & Emmy® Award winner LaChanze— now on Broadway


Trouble in Mind starring Tony® & Emmy® Award winner LaChanz — now on Broadway tackling racism with a look to the past.

Trouble in Mind starring Tony® & Emmy® Award winner LaChanze has already begun their Broadway previews at The American Airlines Theatre on Broadway ( (227 West 42nd Street). 

Trouble in Mindjourney to Broadway is the result of two, recent development readings with director Charles Randolph-Wright.  Roundabout audiences are familiar with the work of playwright Alice Childress from the recent online reading of her play, Wine in the Wilderness, which was part of Roundabouts multi-year The Refocus Project, presented in association with Black Theatre United, to spotlight twentieth-century Black plays and their playwrights.

L to R: Jessica Frances Dukes, Don Stephenson, Simon Jones, Chuck Cooper, LaChanze,

Michael Zegen, Alex Mickiewicz, Danielle Campbell, Brandon Micheal Hall

Photo Credit: Marc J. Franklin;

Along with LaChanze, who plays Wiletta Mayer, the cast includes  Michael Zegen (Al Manners”), Chuck Cooper (Sheldon Forrester”), Danielle Campbell (Judy Sears”), Jessica Frances Dukes (Millie Davis”), Brandon Micheal Hall (John Nevins”), Simon Jones (Henry”), Alex Mickiewicz (Eddie Fenton”), and Don Stephenson (Bill OWray'0. The play is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright.


Trouble in Mind is led by LaChanze as Wiletta Mayer,” with Michael Zegen as Al Manners,” Chuck Cooper as Sheldon Forrester,” Danielle Campbell as Judy Sears,” Jessica Frances Dukes as Millie Davis,” Brandon Micheal Hall as John Nevins,” Simon Jones as Henry,” Alex Mickiewicz as Eddie Fenton,” and Don Stephenson as Bill OWray.”


This is a limited engagement running through Sunday, January 9, 2022.  

Trouble in Mind is following an experienced African-American stage actress through rehearsals of a major Broadway production, Alice Childresss wry and moving look at racism, identity, and ego in the world of New York theatre opened to acclaim Off-Broadway in 1955. At the forefront of both the Civil Rights and feminist movements, the prescient Trouble in Mind was announced to move to Broadway in 1957…in a production that never came to be.


Tickets for Trouble in Mind are on sale by calling 212.719.1300, online at For groups of 10 or more please call 212-719-9393 x 365 or email

This production is produced in association with Ambassador Theatre Group, Benjamin Lowy Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions, Glass Half Full Productions, and Nine Stories Productions.


Roundabout has been working to prioritize and actively incorporate anti-racism, equity, diversity, inclusion, and accountability throughout the institution. 

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