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Phylicia Rashad, Mekhi Phifer to star in stage production of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”

phylicia_headshotPhylicia Rashad, who is in Atlanta at the moment working on the remake of “Steel Magnolias,” will appear along with  Mekhi Phifer in a stage production of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” from July 10 to 29 at Georgia State’s Rialto Center.

Both “Magnolias” and “Guess Who” are being directed by Kenny Leon. The play is a production of Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company. (Tickets and information: 877-725-8849 or http://ticketalternative.com/Venues/336.aspx).

Rashad is no stranger to Atlanta. She appeared in “For Colored Girls,” the film adaptation of the play by Ntozake Shange that Tyler Perry directed. The film was set in New York but was mostly shot here, at locations including the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Gwinnett Medical Center’s Glancy Rehabilitation Center in Duluth and downtown Atlanta.

In “Magnolias,” Rashad plays the elegant Clairee (Olympia Dukakis’ role in the original), while her daughter Condola Rashad plays Shelby (Julia Roberts‘ role in the original). The Lifetime project also stars Queen Latifah as M’Lynn, the role Sally Field played in the original film, Alfre Woodard as Ouiser (Shirley MacClaine’s role), Jill Scott as Truvy (Dolly Parton’s role) and Adepero Oduye as Annelle (Daryl Hannah in the original).

“Magnolias” has been shooting in the Druid Hills area, near Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

12 comments Add your comment

DU WHUT

April 19th, 2012
11:46 am

Tex Gfield

April 19th, 2012
12:04 pm

Is her appearance supposed to cure insomnia or what? Boring!!!!

American

April 19th, 2012
12:36 pm

Tex to straight to Mitt Romney’s house if you want boring, or better yet look in the mirror. Peace!

Justin

April 19th, 2012
12:54 pm

Tex Gfield

April 19th, 2012
12:04 pm

You obviously have a BORING life to read something all the way through just to post that it’s boring..GO FIGURE!

marcus

April 19th, 2012
1:21 pm

AJ

April 19th, 2012
2:33 pm

Looking forward to the movie, Steel Magnolias is one of my favorite movies, it has timeless dialog and transcends race

Taboo

April 19th, 2012
3:11 pm

Can’t wait for the new “Steel Magnolias”!!

Destiny

April 19th, 2012
3:38 pm

She’s still beautiful. What a wonderul actress.

GaPeachy

April 19th, 2012
3:49 pm

Such a talented stage actress, and so beautiful! Not sure they will be able to top the original Steel Magnolias, that is a classic. I will def check it out though.

[...] Leon also will direct Phylicia Rashad in a stage production of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” at the Rialto Center this July. (Here’s a link to a story about that project). [...]

Debbie

April 19th, 2012
7:43 pm

I’m I the only one that thinks a remake of Steel Magnolia’s with an all black cast is just wrong? What if someone wanted to remake the Madea movies with an all white cast? Imagine the uproar and controversy that would cause.

Whyyyy??????

April 21st, 2012
8:44 am

@ Debbie: Ummmm, who would care??? Please get over your false sense of white superiority. It’s just a movie…. NEXT…