Sidney Poitier’s life is set to be turned into a Broadway play.
Although he is best known for his onscreen work in films such as “In the Heat of the Night”, and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” Poitier has also broken racials barriers in the 1950s and 1960s. He also made history at the Oscars for becoming the first African American male to win best actor for his role in “Lilies of the Field.”
The play, titled “Sidney” will be written by Charles Randolph- Wright and directed by Ruben Santiago- Hudson. It will chronicle his life as a child on Cat Island in the Bahamas to becoming one of the biggest stars in the world.
Santiago-Hudson said in a statement, “Sir Sidney Poitier is clearly one of the greatest actors in the history of cinema. His integrity and standard of excellence set the bar for generations to come.”
He continued, “It is an honor to be a part of celebrating the incomparable Sidney Poitier’s monumental career in this play but also the man and his extraordinary life.”
The play is an adaptation of Poitier’s memoir The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography and the director has the full support of his family.
Are you excited to see this play come to life?