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Karsten Moran for The New York Times

Micki Grant: “I Wanted to Open Eyes”

The composer and lyricist, who died at 92, was a trailblazer in virtually every field she touched.
Theater in Manhattan was bristling with Black voices in the early 1970s, but these tended to be heard in smaller spaces like the New Federal Theater, the Negro Ensemble Company and the Urban Arts Corps. Micki Grant’s “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope” spent time in such theaters before winding its way to Broadway in 1972, making it the first time a woman had written the book, music and lyrics to a Broadway musical.
The result — four Tony Award nominations, a run of…

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