Show History



Amen Corner is based on the 1954 play of the same name by James Baldwin, who also authored the well-known Go Tell It on the Mountain. The play addresses themes of the role of a church in an African-American family and the effect of a poverty born of racial prejudice on an African-American community. It premiered on Broadway in 1965 and, in the summer of 2013, the play enjoyed a high-profile revival at the Royal National Theatre in London.


After twelve previews, the Broadway production opened on November 10, 1983, at the Nederlander Theatre, where it ran for 28 performances, closing on December 4, 1983. The show was directed by Philip Rose and choreographed by Al Perryman. The cast included Rhetta Hughes, Keith Lorenzo Amos, Roger Robinson, Ruth Brown, Helena-Joyce Wright, Jean Cheek and Chuck Cooper.