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Alia Jones-Harvey Co-produces First All-Black, All-Female Show on Broadway

March 2016

Byrd Jones-Harvey - EclipsedSpelman alumna Alia Jones-Harvey, C'95, is a part of the history-making creative team behind “Eclipsed,” the first production with two African-American lead producers, and the first all-Black, all-female cast and creative team on Broadway.

Jones-Harvey and Stephen Byrd, her Front Row Productions Company partner, produced the show, which opened March 6 at the Golden Theatre in New York and stars Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o in the story of five women confined in a rebel camp during the Liberian civil war. Written by Danai Gurira and directed by Liesel Tommy, "Eclipsed" is receiving rave reviews. The New York Times calls it “rare and powerful, with an all-star cast," and says, "the superb Lupita Nyong’o is one of the most radiant young actors to be seen on Broadway in recent seasons.”

Currently the only full-time professional Black producers on Broadway, Jones-Harvey and Byrd are blazing a trail of greatness in their industry and have also been applauded for bringing non-traditional casting and stories to what many call "The Great White Way." They boast credits such as the multiracial casting of revivals of "Romeo and Juliet," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cicely Tyson’s Tony Award-winning performance in "The Trip to Bountiful."

Read more about Alia Jones-Harvey and why she credits the dual-degree program at Spelman for leading her to become a financier.

Discover what inspires Jones-Harvey and Byrd to produce great work on Broadway.

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