Here is the trailer from the upcoming film THE BLACK EMPEROR OF BROADWAY. The film is directed by Arthur Egeli, starring Shaun Parkes (“Lost in Space,” “The Mummy Returns”), John Hensley (“How To Get Away With Murder,” “Nip/Tuck”), Liza Weil (“Gilmore Girls,” “How To Get Away With Murder”), Nick Moran (“Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows” Part 1 & 2, and “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels”) and Nija Okoro (“Insecure,” “The Deuce”).
Release date: September 15, 2020
In 1920, the king of Broadway, playwright Eugene O’Neill cast Charles Gilpin as the lead in his new play, “The Emperor Jones.”
At a time when roles of color were played by white men in blackface, Gilpin became the first Black actor to play a lead role.
The play made stars of both Gilpin and O’Neill, but when Gilpin took issue with O’Neill’s liberal use of the “n” word in the script, altering the language in performances, he was fired though his acclaimed performance has changed Broadway forever.
Inspired by the play “N” by Adrienne Earle Pender, a playwright and descendent of Gilpi with the screenplay penned by Ian Bowater.