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The date was pushed up from its original release scheduled for January 2011.

The film stars Whoopi Goldberg, Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Macy Gray and Tessa Thompson, among others.

It will now open wide on November 5th, which is incidentally the same weekend that Precious debuted in limited release.

Originally staged as a series of 20 “choreopoems” centering on the life stories of a group of African-American women, For Colored Girls opened at the Public Theater on May 17, 1976, and transferred to Broadway’s Booth Theatre on Sept. 10, running until July 16, 1978.

It was nominated for a 1977 Best Play Tony Award and earned a Best Featured Actress Tony for star Trazana Beverley. The PBS American Playhouse series broadcast the play in 1982 with a cast that included Beverley, Alfre Woodard and Lynn Whitfield.

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