A one-woman stage play, Phenomenal Woman: An Evening With Maya Angelou has the support of her son, Guy Johnson, and is being developed and produced by David Michael Rich and J. Todd Harris.
Johnson confirmed the play in a statement obtained by Deadline. “My mother lived an extraordinary life. She brought a sense of passion to living and invested herself wholly in it. What she wanted most was justice for human beings, and the freedom to experience joy and laughter,” he said.
“We hope to capture her joie de vivre [joy of living]. We’re going to include some private anecdotes that will be a revelation to audiences. I’m pleased to be working with this team in bringing her story to life and can’t wait for the public to experience it.”
Producers of the project have secured “exclusive theatrical rights for key works from Angelou’s estate and have signed Johnson to help develop the project.” If all goes according to plan, Phenomenal Woman: An Evening With Maya Angelou will make its Broadway debut in 2021.
The renowned author and poet passed away in 2014 at the age of 86. Fans and supporters of Angelou celebrated what would have been her 91st birthday with touching tributes last week.
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