Ntozake Shange is the only poet to have her poetry ("For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf: A Choreopoem") translated successfully to Broadway. Short Eyes doesn't count because it's not a poem. Please do not mention Cats. She is the inventor of the choreopoem (a poem which integrates words and dance) and is the world-class Energizer of the Word. Read her autobiography:
I am Ntozake Shange. I named myself in the African language called Zulu. Ntozake: "She who comes with her own things." I am prepared self-reliant independent. Shange: "She who walks with lions." I have great courage strength wisdom. When I was a child, I had exciting adventures. I travelled to many places. Mexico Haiti Cuba Europe. I listened to music Read books Watched dancers Argued with scholars. Now, I am a woman with many talents. I create poems, stories, plays, characters, dances. I create poems about Black women which help us grow strong. I create stories about Black women which make our daydreams as real as life. I create plays about Black women which tell histories of our pleasure and pain struggle and triumph joy and anger fear and strength. I create dances about Black women whose rhythms remind us of our African roots. When I create poems, stories, plays, characters and dances Hear the voices of Black women. See the beauty of Black women. Taste the sweat of Black women. Feel the strength of Black women.
Shange was born in 1948 and has worked as a playwright, actress, poet, novelist, and teacher.