New York | 2h 5m | Already closed

Black Angels Over Tuskegee

From 4 critic and 117 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

About the show

A docudrama about six heroes who became the first African-American aviators in the U.S. Air Force during an era of racial segregation. More…

'Black Angels Over Tuskegee' is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen: six men embarking upon a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Forces. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood. The play goes beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel, in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them.

2h 5m | Already closed | St Luke's Theatre (Midtown W)


"Some plays teach, others celebrate, and a few simply entertain. "Black Angels Over Tuskegee" manages to do all three and one thing more: It inspires." Full Review

The New York Times

"“Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” Layon Gray’s sturdy drama about trailblazing African-American fighter pilots entering the European theater in World War II, gets by on the charm of the cast and a commitment to the rules of the uplifting inspirational melodrama." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"The men, who overcame the prevailing prejudices to become a respected and valuable arm of the Allies, are as inspiring a military drama as could be found. But Layon Gray’s well-meaning play about them is - at best - moving in spite of itself...fewer facts - and more imagination - might have helped this lopsided evening fly as high, fast, and well as did the heroes it chronicles." Full Review

Time Out New York

"The chronicles of the pioneering Tuskegee Airmen—the first African-American fighter pilots—are definitely a tale worth telling. Unfortunately, writer-director-performer Layton Gray isn't the one to tell it. His tediously sentimental production strings together maudlin monologues and clunky dialogue in a style so presentational it verges on story theater." Full Review

Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Entertaining

See it if You want to learn a little about the Tuskegee Airman

Don't see it if Don't want to learn about black history.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Masterful

See it if you enjoy history and what was.

Don't see it if you're looking for something in modern time and musical.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You want to relate to the characters telling their personal stories.You can clearly picture what they are describing.

Don't see it if you don't want to see realistic drama set on a mostly bare stage.

Absorbing, Great acting

See it if brilliant show with great actors and great men who served our country. WELL DONE! See it if you are proud to be an American

Don't see it if If you can't take a true story

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if Want to be entertained and educated about a very important event in history

Don't see it if Are closed minded to the truth

Absorbing, Ambitious, Well acted, Thought provoking

See it if You Like drama

Don't see it if You like fluff

Great acting, Intense, Profound, Riveting, Relevant

See it if You like seeing historical dramas with really good acting. Everyone in it is as good as Denzel Washington (when he was doing theatre).

Don't see it if You do not really care about the real-live African-American history of who really saved this country from it's enemies who came from abroad.

Great acting, Great writing, Original, Relevant, Intense

See it if This telling of the Tuskegee Airman is great the actors are wonderful and the play is intense at time. I enjoyed every minute.

Don't see it if dont like to cry

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Riveting

See it if You enjoy an historical, absorbing drama.

Don't see it if You're not into culturally stimulating material.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a great drama

Don't see it if no reason not to see it

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if If you really want to know about the Black experience in WW11.with these awesome pilots who protected white piloted planes .They're awesome.

Don't see it if If you are narrow-minded and don't want to give credit to other non-white groups who contributed to the war effort.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Intriguing

See it if you like history and an endearing story

Don't see it if you have no heart

Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Must see

See it if If you enjoy an intimate theater experience

Don't see it if Do not like history

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Must see

See it if You love planes.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy watching hers.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

See it if Inspiring and heartbreaking true story about black US army pilots during WWII. Unsung heroes, little know story. Should be heard.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you cannot look at our country, admit its faults, and hope we learn to do better in the future.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like an intimate theater and acting that makes you consider misconceptions you might have had.

Don't see it if history is not your "cup of tea."

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if incredible stuff here if you like war and military stories. great acting!

Don't see it if you want a light show with music and smiles!


See it if I loved this show. Great ensemble cast. A riveting true story of the first African American WW11 pilots.

Don't see it if You need comfortable seats. It's a low budget production, but worth a little physical discomfort.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Period dramas and history interest you. The story is really quite good.

Don't see it if WW II era stories are not your cup of tea.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you like plays that both tug on your heartstrings and make you think. The acting and dialogue stand on their own without a fancy set.

Don't see it if you're looking for a lighthearted, fun time, or if you really want a spectacle. It's a pretty spare show and set.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like true, inspiring, uplifting stories, embrace human drama, are moved by tales of resilience, integrity, and love for fellow man.

Don't see it if You don't like cultural experiences which may be different from yours,history/WW2 aviation, ensemble pieces, or friendships among men.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Educational

See it if If you want to learn history, enjoy good acting and want to see a serious show. Good acting and a history lesson.

Don't see it if If you expect a musical, lots of jokes and costume changes, this is not the show.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like thought-provoking, well-acted dramas that bring insight into a world you probably weren't aware of.

Don't see it if see it

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if are interested in The black Tuskegee airmen.This is about all the difficulties they went through serving their country.

Don't see it if you don't want to know about racism and discrimination and the hard times they went through.

Original, Masterful, Entertaining, Clever, Profound

See it if You want to learn about history and enjoy a play.

Don't see it if You have no interest in learning about our history and enjoying a night out.

Cast & Creatives (13)