Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Take a bow! Lupita Nyong'o makes Broadway debut as her hit play Eclipsed begins previews after sold-out run

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Take a bow! Lupita Nyong'o makes Broadway debut as her hit play Eclipsed begins previews after sold-out run

Her play Eclipsed packed in the crowds with a sold-out run last year.

And now Lupita Nyong'o has made her Broadway debut as the intense drama opened for previews at The John Golden Theatre in New York on Tuesday.

The Oscar-winner smiled and bowed with the cast members after their first preview.

Broadway star: Lupita Nyong'o appeared on stage as her hit play Eclipsed began previews on Broadway on Tuesday
The play was written by playwright and Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira, who also attended the show.

Eclipsed centers on a group of women who are kept captive by a rebel leader in war-torn Liberia. They band together to create a community, until the arrival of Lupita's rebel new girl character upsets their routine.

On Tuesday, style icon Lupita was dressed down in costume.

Take a bow! The cast soaked up the audience applause after the show
She wore a tattered blue tank top with ripped jeans and chunky boots.
And the Star Wars actress pulled her hair up in elaborate braids and wrapped a red bandana around her head.
In addition to her Broadway run, Lupita will next be seen in the live action version of The Jungle Book.
On Tuesday, her costars Zainab Jah and Akosua Busia also joined her on stage as they re-launched the show, which officially opens on March 6.

Intense: The drama follows a group of women being kept captive by a war lord during Liberia's civil war, and is the first Broadway play to have an all-female cast and creative team
Writer and actor Danai looked glamorous in a tight colbalt blue dress with white and black geometric patterns.
She added a long black coat and heels, and wore dark red lipstick and dramatic blue eyeshadow.
The play was first produced at The Public Theater Off-Broadway, and earned rave reviews after its debut in October. It also drew a big crowd, and was extended twice before closing on November 29 after a sold-out run.
The show is also making history as the the first Broadway play to feature a cast and creative team that are all women and are all black.

Multi-talented: The Walking Dead star and writer wore a long black coat and dark heels
Also attending the first preview was actress Kathleen Turner.
The 61-year-old wore a long black coat over a grey top, and added a purple backpack as she posed for photos.
Trailblazing ballet dancer Misty Copeland, 33, also attended the preview.

Elegant: Dancer Misty Copeland wore a stylish black cape to the show

The ballerina, who became the first African-American female principal dancer at The American Ballet Theater, looked chic in a navy ensemble under an elegant black cape.

Singer Deborah Cox and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons also attended the preview on Tuesday.

The R&B singer bundled up in a black coat and cozy sweater, and added a black hat, while food writer Gail wore a long tan coat and large brimmed black hat.

Hats off: Singer Deborah Cox, left, and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons both opted for black hats

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