Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope
"A hand-clapping, sky-reaching, body-swaying musical!"
-THE NEW YORK TIMES
Featuring Jelani Alladin, Darilyn Castillo, Doug Eskew, Tina Fabrique, Marva Hicks, Devin L. Roberts, Raun Ruffin, and Debra Walton
Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope illuminates the African-American experience through a dynamic mixture of gospel, jazz, funk, soul, calypso, and soft rock. With five 1972 Tony nominations (including Best Musical) and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical the same year, the show also earned Micki Grant a Grammy Award for Best Score—the first female to be so honored. Described as “a cultural pulse-taking of the challenges facing the black community in America,” it was the first Broadway musical written entirely by a woman, and the first Broadway production to be directed by a female African-American. T.E. Kalem, writing in TIME Magazine, exalted “All heaven breaks loose onstage!"
Photos by Ben Strothmann
PHOTOS FROM A SPECIAL PANEL EVENT WITH MULTIPLE AWARD-WINNING ARTIST MICKI GRANT
Photos by Lia Chang