September 9, 2021 | 8:47pm
After “conquering” the music biz, reality TV, and acting, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss is taking on Broadway as a producer with the upcoming show, “Thoughts Of A Colored Man.”
“I don’t like to say it out loud. I like to conquer things!” she told us. “It’s not an ego thing or anything like that. [I like] to be able to say, ‘I did it, and I did it well’ … I love to be able to say, ‘I went there. I did it and I opened the door for other people,’” she told Page Six at a cocktail reception for the upcoming play at the JJ Shubert Penthouse.
Guests had to take rapid COVID tests and provide proof of vaccination in order to toast the first rehearsal of writer Keenan Scott II and director Steve H. Broadnax III’s history-making new play about seven black men “thriving in the 21st century.” The cast includes Dyllón Burnside, Bryan Terrell Clark, Keith David, Da’Vinchi, Tristan “Mack” Wilds, Forrest McClendon and Luke James.
“This is the first time you’re going to see an all-black male cast, all-black production team, black director [and] black writer putting a show on Broadway,” Burruss explained.
And while Burruss is not a complete stranger to Broadway, having starred in “Chicago” in 2018, this will be her first time working behind the scenes. She’s one of six producers including actress Sheryl Lee Ralph — and “Orange Is The New Black” alum Samira Wiley, who is also making her Broadway debut.
Wiley said she can’t wait for the show to be on stage, and, “Even though I’m not acting in this play, I’m in a position to try and bring… the small audience that I have to direct them to what I’m interested in, and I’m interested in theater and telling the story of black men.”
Previews begin October 1 at the John Golden Theatre.