June 17 – July 23, 2006 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 2 hours and 30 minutes

A world premiere

Regina Taylor, who brought us the amazing and uplifting hit musical Crowns, returns to the Goodman with this remarkable story of Sarah Breedlove, the first self-made female millionaire.

Sarah Breedlove, the first freeborn child of emancipated slaves, had a mind for business and an aching for success. When her miracle hair salve not only wins over the hearts and heads of African Americans, but also the heart of an astute businessman, Madam C.J. Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower takes flight. Following Madam’s financial gains with her business and emotional losses with her family, her story transformed the way African Americans were seen in the United States at the turn of the century.

 

 
Artists

Written and Directed by REGINA TAYLOR

Cast

ROLANDO BOYCE, SR. - Freeman B. Ransom
CHERYL LYNN BRUCE - Nola
L. SCOTT CALDWELL - Sarah Breedlove / Madame C.J. Walker
LIBYA PUGH - Mae
KEITH RANDOLPH SMITH - C.J. Walker
NIKKI E. WALKER - Lelia

Creative Team and Crew

SCOTT BRADLEY - Scenic Design
JACQUELINE FIRKINS - Costume Design
SCOTT ZIELINSKI - Lighting Design
RICHARD WOODBURY - Sound Design
DARYL WATERS - Composer
TANYA PALMER - Dramaturg
HOPE CLARKE - Choreography
ADAM BELCUORE - Chicago Casting
ALDEN VASQUEZ - Production Stage Manager
SASCHA CONNOR - Stage Manager