Brian Copeland's Off-Broadway Smash Not a Genuine Black Man
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Hailed as "the best musical of this century" by Ben Brantley of The New York Times and "the funniest musical of all time" by Entertainment Weekly, The Book of Mormon won nine Tony Awards -- including Best Musical -- in its first year on Broadway. Now the national touring production is back at the Pantages for a second round of hilarity. Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Robert Lopez, the Tony-winning co-creator of Avenue Q, this musical comedy is a show that The Daily Show's Jon Stewart has called "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry." Learn More
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Featured review from Joseph Powell
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This was a great birthday gift from my lovely wife. Amazing--very funny and poignant. Brian Copeland, through his performance, makes you feel each and every character and situation depicted. The simplicity of the stage set is very deceptive--Copeland is able to bring to life every scene using all of himself, both internally and externally. Well worth the time and money spent. And the Hayworth theater is a very nice, clean venue as well, with seemingly adequate parking and a nice bar/restaurant(the LaFonda next door) to hang out in prior to the show.
Quotes & Highlights
- Not A Genuine Black Man's most recent run, at San Francisco's Off-Market Theatre, won Goldstar's <a target="_blank" href="https://www.goldstar.com/events/san-francisco-ca/not-a-genuine-black-man-2.html">Roar of the Crowd</a> award.
- “A beautiful mix of wry humor and heartbreak, indignation and inspiration, a singular story of extreme isolation that speaks to anyone who's ever felt out of place.” --<em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>
- "Engaging... Copeland knows how to spin a dramatic yarn.” --<em>The New York Times</em>
- “Copeland's ability to captivate an audience rivals many a celebrated solo predecessor, from Ruth Draper to Spalding Gray to Whoopi Goldberg." --<em>Los Angeles Times</em>
Not a Genuine Black Man was written and is performed by Brian Copeland and directed by David Ford. Brian Copeland's first solo show, Not a Genuine Black Man, has been so successful it has also been turned into a book which was released in paperback last year. Now, by popular demand, the show that opened the Hayworth three years ago is returning to move audiences once again during a time when race and perception is once again at the forefront of America’s consciousness.
Broadway is calling this multi-talented genius Copeland's tour-de force, revealing a little-known chapter of Bay Area history. In 1971, a major national magazine named San Leandro as one of the most racist suburbs in America, resulting in congressional hearings. The next year, the then eight-year-old Brian Copeland and his African-American family moved to San Leandro. In a monologue that's both funny and poignant, Copeland explores how surroundings make us who we are.