In 1981, the Negro Ensemble Company premiered A Soldier’s Play, and it won the Pulitzer Prize.

In 2020, Roundabout produced the Broadway debut of Charles Fuller’s drama, and it has now received

7 TONY AWARD® NOMINATIONS

Soldiers stand in front of caskets draped with American flags.
A Soldier's Play

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY

IN THE MEDIA

ON THE STAGE

David Alan Grier in soldier's uniform
“THE PLAY IS EVERY BIT AS IMPRESSIVE AS KENNY LEON’S SPLENDID PRODUCTION.

One of the very finest revivals the Roundabout has given us. It deserves to be staged all over America—though it’s hard to imagine that it will ever be done better than this.”

Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal

Soldiers sit in their barracks
“As crisply executed as a military heel-turn.”

Helen Shaw, New York Magazine/Vulture

Officers sit at desk
“A flawless revival.

A first-class ensemble of actors in symphonic harmony, staging that audaciously adds a pinch of sex appeal to its social consciousness, and a pulsing rhythm and beat that delivers us to its shocking conclusion.”

Jeremy Gerard, Theater News Online

Kenny Leon

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY

Soldiers dance in their barracks
“Powerhouse direction by Kenny Leon.”

Marilyn Stasio, Variety

Officers salute Blair Underwood
“Leon manages to direct a show that doesn’t compromise the difficult themes

while also embracing the commercial and highly entertaining nature of the writing.”

Chris Jones, Daily News

Sergeant Waters is knocked down

“Leon and his uniformly fine cast subtly broaden the lens to suggest the stigmas and conflicts of black Americans across the decades.”

David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Blair Underwood

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY

Blair Underwood in captain's uniform at desk
“The Steel-jawed Blair Underwood, Sympathetic yet commanding

provides a stoic axis for the production.”

Adam Feldman, Time Out

Blair Underwood in captain's uniform standing on platform
“A magnetic Blair Underwood holds the proceedings together, giving masculine heft to the touchstone role”

Peter Marks, The Washington Post

David Alan Grier

BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

David Alan Grier in Sergeant's uniform
“The Medal Has to Go to David Alan Grier

His performance has size and precision, monstrosity and humanity. It seems at times as if he was playing an entire Shakespeare play.”

Helen Shaw, New York Magazine/Vulture

David Alan Grier in Sergeant's uniform

“The multivalence of Grier's entire performance — now comic, now inviting doom, and finally, sadden with remorse—gives his moments onstage their bitter, dismal truth Grier makes Waters' malice terrifying, but also seductive.”

Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker

Derek McLane

BEST SCENIC DESIGN
OF A PLAY

Allen Lee Hughes

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
OF A PLAY

Dede Ayite

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
OF A PLAY

Nnamdi Asomugha in  soldier's uniform, sitting
DEREK McLANE's set, DEDE AYITE's costumes, and the ALLEN LEE HUGHES lighting are outstanding."

David Finkle, New York Stage Review