Thursday, May 30, 2024

Grantham Coleman Cast in New Play by “Soldier’s Story” Writer


Off Broadway: is Grantham Coleman the next big thing? He was signed last year by super manager Jason Spire, who’s already guiding Anthony Mackie (“Captain America”), Oscar Isaac (“Inside Oscar Llewyn”), and Benjamin Walker (“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”). I can’t think of three busier or more serious young actors. Now Spire has brought in Coleman, whom he signed during a performance of  “Choir Boy” at Manhattan Rep earlier this year. Coleman, a Juilliard grad, has just been cast as the star of Charles Fuller’s new play, “One Night…” at the Cherry Lane Theater. Fuller, of course, is the famed playwright of “A Soldier’s Story” (originally known as “A Soldier’s Play” before it was a hit movie). In “One Night” Coleman will play Horace Lloyd, described as a recent vet of the Iraq war who his a bipolar explosive personality. The play is about sexual assaults on women in the army by fellow soldiers.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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