King Hedley by August Wilson at the Virginia Theatre on Broadway from May 1, 2001 – July 01, 2001 for 24 previews and 72 performances.
Produced by Sageworks (Benjamin Mordecai, Executive Producer; August Wilson), Benjamin Mordecai, Jujamcyn Theaters, 52nd Street Productions, Spring Sirkin, Peggy Hill and Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer); Produced in association with Kardana-Swinsky Productions; Associate Producer: Alice Chebba Walsh
Directed by Marion McClinton; Waltz choreography by Dianne McIntyre; Scenic Design by David Gallo; Costume Design by Toni-Leslie James; Lighting Design by Donald Holder; Sound Design by Rob Milburn
General Manager: Roger Alan Gindi; Company Manager: Chris Morey; Production Stage Manager: Diane DiVita; Technical Supervisor: UNITECH; Stage Manager: Cynthia Kocher; Fight direction by David S. Leong; Casting: Barry Moss; Press Representative: Barlow-Hartman Public Relations; Director of Marketing: Carla J. Simpson; Fight Captain: Keith Randolph Smith; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Promotions: The Walton Group; Interactive Marketing: Cyber-NY and Damian Bazadona; Online Marketing by Toby Simkin; Associate Casting: Matt Schreiber
Starring Brian Stokes Mitchell (King); Leslie Uggams (Ruby); Charles Brown (Elmore); Viola Davis (Tonya); Stephen McKinley Henderson (Stool Pigeon) and Monté Russell (Mister). Standby: Yvette Ganier (Tonya), Lynda Gravátt (Ruby) and Keith Randolph Smith (King, Mister)
In December 1999, this production premiered at The Pittsburgh Public Theatre; In February 2000, this production premiered at Seattle Repertory Theatre; Additional presentations were mounted at Huntington Theatre Company (Nicholas Martin, Artistic Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director), Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum (Gordon Davidson, Artistic Director) and The Goodman Theatre (Robert Falls, Artistic Director; Roche Schulfer, Executive Director)