Who starred as LaLa in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of the play The Colored Museum?Hint: She co-starred in the film version of "WAITING TO EXHALE"

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Loretta Devine starred as LaLa in the 1986 New York Shakespeare Festival's production of George C. Wolfe's The Colored Museum.  The cast also included Tommy Hollis, Reggie Montgomery,Vickilyn Reynolds, and Danitra Vance.

Devine, Montgomery and Reynolds reprised the performance in 1999 in the L.A. Theatre Works live radio theater performance of The Colored Museum.  In this case, Montgomery directed instead of playing Miss Roj. 

Devine said about the 1986 stage production:

I had just finished doing ‘Dreamgirls,’ and the talk of the town around New York was that there was this new show coming. I read the script and said, ‘Oh my God, I will never get a chance to do this.’ But I auditioned for the La La part, and I got it. I was so amazed, because La La is so broad and huge compared to what I thought my personality was at the time. My agents were so upset because I chose this, making absolutely no money, and I had no idea that it would be the sort of thing that pivoted my career from where I was into the next phase. I got a chance to go to London. I got a chance to come out here to L.A. to do it. And from that I got my first pilot for television, ‘Sugar & Spice,’ that Vicki and I did together. So it sort of really did project our careers into the next phase.

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