Strange Freaks: Don’t miss Colman Domingo in The Wiz!

Colman Domingo (Photo copyright 2008 by Steven P. Marsh)

Colman Domingo (Copyright 2008 by Steven P. Marsh)

Okay, my monthlong grand jury stint is killing me. It’s making me lose track of things. I am so off balance that I discovered only today that it was announced 11 days ago that one of my favorite actors in the world, the great Colman Domingo, will be taking over from Orlando Jones in the title role of The Wiz for the last six performances (June 29-July 5) of the Encores! Summer Stars revival at New York City Center.

Better late than never, eh? For a full report from on what the former Passing Strange star is up to in Encores!, click here.

Tickets, priced from $25-$110, are available here.

This has already been a very busy year for Colman. He gave a warm and touching performance in the world premiere of Athol Fugard‘s play Coming Home at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Conn., before shifting gears to give his all to his one-man autobiographical show, A Boy and His Soul, at Joe’s Pub in February. Then he put on his director’s hat to work with Lisa Ramirez in a revelatory production of her one-woman show about the life of a nanny, Exit Cuckoo.

And just to prove there’s no rest for the hard-working, Colman will be back at work on A Boy and His Soul — a coming-of-age-and-coming-out tale set in West Philadelphia — as soon as his stint in The Wiz ends. His show will have its official New York premiere in September, when it kicks off the season at the Vineyard Theater. Click here for more information.

Congratulations to Colman for having such a fantastic year. And thanks to Larry Getlen for throwing a glass of cold water in my face today to wake me from my stupor!

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