Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington and Danielle Brooks in August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, directed by LaTanya Richardson Jackson, will have a limited 17-week run.
Brian Anthony Moreland, Sonia Friedman, Tom Kirdahy, Kandi Burruss, and Todd Tucker announced Tuesday that the first Broadway revival of the show will now play at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre for the run.
August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 1987 and starred a then-39-year-old Samuel L. Jackson as Boy Willie.
Here is the official description of the iconic stage 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. Only by revisiting history can the siblings endeavor to move forward.”
LaTanya Richardson Jackson will be the first woman ever to direct an August Wilson play on Broadway when helms the project.
Samuel L. Jackson, Washington and Danielle Brooks all appear on the program as Doaker Charles, Boy Willie, and Berniece, respectively. The show also stars Trai Byers as Avery, Ray Fisher as Lymon, April Matthis as Grace, and Michael Potts as Wining Boy.
Producer Brian Anthony Moreland commented:
“We are thrilled to have secured this iconic playhouse, which happened to have been one of August Wilson’s favorite theaters. The legacy of the Barrymore makes it the ideal space to experience a play all about how we shepherd and look after our ancestral legacies.”
The Piano Lesson performances will start previews on Sept. 19, 2022. The actual date of opening night will be revealed later.