Photo Coverage: Delta Burke Meets The 'Real' Magnolias

May 25
12:45 PM 2005
Seventeen women from Monroe, Louisiana (a town mentioned in the Broadway play STEEL MAGNOLIAS) flew into NYC to see their favorite Southern actress, Delta Burke in the hit Broadway comedy, STEEL MAGNOLIAS on Tuesday, May 24 and BroadwayWorld was there.

The real life 'Steel Magnolias' met Delta after the performance and presented her with a gigantic gift basket full Louisiana goodies, including Muscatine Jelly (make in Natchitoches, LA - the actual town that inspired the story), and lots of other treats to remind Delta of her own second home in New Orleans: pralines, chicory coffee, rice & beans and plenty of baked goods.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS opened on Broadway on April 4 starring 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.

Written by Robert Harling and 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.

The Magnolias applaud Delta's arrival

and welcome her with Southern Hospitality

Delta meets the youngest Magnolia on the trip

Picture Perfect Magnolias

After talking with the group, Delta took pen
to hand and signed autographs on everything
from jean jackets.... Playbills, of course!

Delta is presented with a gift basket

A few members of the group pose outside the theater


A bouquet of Steel Magnolias


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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery ( and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See for more info.