‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Features All-Black Cast For Central Park’s Shakespeare in The Park

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Director Kenny Leon poses in the press room at the American Theatre Wing’s 68th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. (Debby Wong/Shutterstock.com).

Central Park’s annual summer Shakespeare performances will include an all-Black cast and a modern, politically charged take on Much Ado About Nothing.

Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon will stage William Shakespeare’s comedy at the Delacorte Theater, but with a contemporary twist for the 2019 season. The new version is set in modern-day Atlanta and is led by actress Danielle Brooks (Orange Is The New Black and The Color Purple).

“I didn’t cast it all Black because I wanted an all-Black production,” Leon told New York Daily News. “I cast it because it came to me in terms of the play about community and I just chose it around this specific place in Georgia. Everything about the play and all these universal messages will come…

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