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Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway Tickets
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About Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway

Two of today's most exciting theatremakers team up to write and direct the world premiere of Jaja’s African Hair Braiding on Broadway. Now playing at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, the 90-minute play unites Drama Desk Award-winning writer Jocelyn Bioh (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play) and Obie Award-winning director Whitney White (What to Send Up When It Goes Down) in their long-awaited Broadway debuts as creatives.

Welcome to Jaja’s bustling hair braiding shop in Harlem, where a dynamic group of West African immigrants gathers each day to create masterpieces out of neighborhood women’s hair. Over the course of one boiling summer day, these women are aflush with love, confront what it means to belong, and dive into long-buried secrets. Along the way, each character in this extraordinary, dazzling show learns home is much more than a physical place — it's the community you build it with.

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding highlights

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, produced on Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club, welcomes audiences into the vibrant community portrayed on stage. Save on this exhilarating new comedy with Goldstar, and learn about the acclaimed artists behind it below.

  • On stage and screen, you’ve seen Jocelyn Bioh’s work. Ghanaian American Bioh's other work includes Merry Wives (Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park, PBS Great Performances), Nollywood Dreams (MCC Theater), Goddess (a world-premiere musical), and the multi-award winning School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, which originally premiered at MCC Theater in 2017/2018 and has since had over 50 regional productions. Bioh has also written for TV's Russian Doll, Tiny Beautiful Things, Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It, and the live screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Once On This Island for Disney+.
  • Whitney White has won an Obie Award, Lilly Award, and more. Her work has appeared all over the country. Recent projects include Soft (MCC Theater, New York Times Critic’s Pick), On Sugarland (New York Theatre Workshop; Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Direction), Semblance (NYTW), Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (WP Theater/Second Stage; Obie Award for Directing), and What to Send Up When it Goes Down (The Movement Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, A.R.T., The Public Theater).
  • Manhattan Theatre Club is one of New York’s most celebrated theatre companies. The winner of 28 Tony Awards and seven Pulitzer Prizes, MTC was founded in 1970 and has grown to become a leading producer of new plays, including Pulitzer winners Doubt: A Parable, Cost of Living, and more.

Run time

1h 30m

Start date

September 12th, 2023

End date

November 19th, 2023

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Reviews

Audiences Say
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Delightful
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John Ned
Refreshing, Entertaining, Absorbing
90 / 100
Elisa 9119
Funny, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging
89 / 100
Piwacket
Spend a day at the salon!
85 / 100
DOUG Rob NYC
Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing
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Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway cast and creative team

By: Jocelyn Bioh
Director: Whitney White
Producer: Manhattan Theatre Club, Madison Wells Live, LaChanze, Taraji P. Henson
Cast list: Brittany Adebumola (as Miriam), Maechi Aharanwa (as Ndidi), Rachel Christopher (as Jennifer), Kalyne Coleman (as Chrissy/Michelle/LaNiece), Somi Kakoma (as Jaja), Lakisha May (as Vanessa/Radia/Sheila), Nana Mensah (as Aminata), Michael Oloyede (as James/Sock Man/DVD Man/Jewelry Man), Dominique Thorne (as Marie), Zenzi Williams (as Bea)
Design: David Zinn
Costumes: Dede Ayite
Lighting: Jiyoun Chang
Sound: Justin Ellington
Other info: Video design by Stefania Bulbarella, hair and wig design by Nikiya Mathis, dialect and vocal coaching by Dawn-Elin Fraser

Venue

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

261 West 47th Street, New York, NY, United States, 10036

Accessibility

Elevator access, wheelchair access, assisted listening devices, on-demand closed captioning, open captioning, audio description, Braille and large print Playbills

Tickets

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