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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

Director: George C. Wolfe

Writer(s): August Wilson (play), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (adaptation)

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, Taylour Paige, Jonny Coyne, Jeremy Shamos, Michael Potts, Joshua Harto, Dusan Brown, Phil Nardozzi, Jordan Rhone, Tony Amen, Gregory Bromfield, James Ciesielski, Brent Feitl, Antonio Fierro, Ronnell Hunt, Sienna Jeffries, Daniel Johnson, Nathaniel Johnson, William Kania, Malik Abdul Khaaliq, Scott Matheny, Chris McCail, Shane McNair, Roger Petan, Patrick Raffaele, DaJuan Manwell Rippy, Eric Sharpe, Remington Sinclair, Sierra Stewart, Tru Verret-Fleming, Jacob Wright

Synopsis: Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable “Mother of the Blues”. Based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play.

Release Date: December 18, 2020 (USA) | Length: Unknown | Genre: Drama, Music | MPAA Rating: Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief violence.

Note: Denzel Washington is a producer on this project. Originally Denzel was suppose to produce nine of Wilson’s plays for HBO. The deal was moved over to Netflix. Branford Marsalis is composing the music. Ron L. Haynes and Tony Bazemore Jr.,  were in the original cast list but no the current one.

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