“THE PIANO LESSON” OPENS ON BROADWAY
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“THE PIANO LESSON”
TRIUMPHANTLY OPENED LAST NIGHT
SAMUEL L. JACKSON
JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON
LaTANYA RICHARDSON JACKSON
**17 WEEKS ONLY**
New York, NY (October 14, 2022) – Last night, the hugely anticipated Broadway revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (241 West 47th St.) starring Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, and Danielle Brooks, and directed by Tony Award® nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson — who is making her Broadway directorial debut and is the first woman to ever direct an August Wilson play on Broadway.
The Piano Lesson also stars Trai Byers, Ray Fisher, April Matthis, Michael Potts, and Nadia Daniel and Jurnee Swan as Maretha at alternating performances. The production is produced by Brian Anthony Moreland, Sonia Friedman, Tom Kirdahy, Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker.
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August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, which premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 1987 and starred a then-39-year-old Samuel L. Jackson as Boy Willie, is the fourth play in the American Century Cycle. Three years later, a new production, starring Carl Gordon, Charles S. Dutton and S. Epatha Merkerson, opened at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, and soon transferred to Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre. In addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize for drama, The Piano Lesson won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, the Peabody Award and was nominated for the 1990 Tony Award for Best Play.
The Piano Lesson is set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936. A brother and sister are locked in a war over the fate of a family heirloom: a piano carved with the faces of their ancestors. The Piano Lesson, wrote Frank Rich in The New York Times, “has its own spacious poetry, its own sharp angle on a nation’s history, its own metaphorical idea of drama and its own palpable ghosts that roar right through the upstairs window of the household where the action unfolds. Like other Wilson plays, The Piano Lesson seems to sing even when it is talking.”
The design team for The Piano Lesson includes Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt (Set Design), Tony Award nominee Toni-Leslie James (Costume Design), Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design), Tony Award winner Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), Drama Desk Award nominee Cookie Jordan (Wig Design), Tony Award nominee Jeff Sugg (Projection Design), Alvin Hough Jr. (Music & Music Direction), Otis Sallid (Choreographer). Casting is by Calleri, Jensen, Davis. General Management is by Foresight Theatrical.
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