Meet the Real Life 'Steel Magnolias' on MSNBC.COM

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Click on the link below to see a video of Today Show host Bob Dotson in Louisiana with the real life people who inspired the characters in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Robert Harling's award-winning play, which opens on Broadway tonight, Monday, April 4 at the Lyceum Theatre . Depending on your computer's connection speed, the video may take a few moments to load. Please be patient.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS MSN VIDEO

STEEL MAGNOLIAS stars Delta Burke as Truvy, Christine Ebersole as M'Lynn, Rebecca Gayheart as Shelby, Marsha Mason as Ouiser, Lily Rabe as Annelle and Frances Sternhagen as Clairee. This production, which marks the Broadway premiere of the play, is directed by Jason Moore.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS follows the lives of six indomitable Southern women as they share their personal triumphs, tragedies, beauty tips, recipes, and more than the occasional piece of scandalous gossip in Truvy's beauty shop in Chinquapin, Louisiana.

Set design is by Anna Louizos, costume design is by David Murin, lighting design is by Howell Binkley, sound design by Ken Travis and hair design is by Bobby H. Grayson.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS is produced on Broadway by Roy Gabay, Robyn Goodman, Danzansky Partners, Ergo Entertainment, Ruth Hendel, Sharon Karmazin, Susan Dietz/Ina Meibach, Michael Galvis/Billy Huddleston, and Elsa Daspin Suisman/Martha R. Gasparian.

Tickets for STEEL MAGNOLIAS are now on sale through Telecharge.com online and by phone at (212) 239-6200, and in person at the Lyceum Theatre box office.

Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, matinees Wednesdays at 2pm, Saturdays at 2pm and Sundays at 3pm. Opening Night is Monday, April 4 at 6:30pm. Please note, there will be no performance Tuesday, April 5.

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