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Photos: JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE Opening Party

The Lincoln Center Theater production of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone, directed by Bartlett Sher, opened on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44 Street) on Thursday, April 16 at 6:45pm. Broadwayworld.com was there to cheer on the cast at the starry after party.

The cast features Marsha Stephanie Blake, Chad L. Coleman, Michael Cummings, Aunjanue Ellis, Danai Gurira, Andre Holland, Arliss Howard, Ernie Hudson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Amari Rose Leigh and Roger Robinson.

Joe Turner's Come and Gone, part of Mr. Wilson's ten-play Century Cycle, which depicts the African American experience in each decade of the twentieth century, originally opened on Broadway in 1988, receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Play and winning that year's New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Set in 1911, it tells the story of Herald Loomis who, after serving seven years hard labor, has journeyed North with his young daughter and arrives at a Pittsburgh boarding house filled with memorable characters who aid him in his search for his inner freedom.

Joe Turner's Come and Gone has sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Brian MacDevitt, sound by Scott Lehrer and Leon Rothenberg, music by Taj Mahal and movement by Dianne McIntyre.

The performance schedule for Joe Turner's Come and Gone is Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm and Sundays at 3pm Tickets priced from $51.50 to $96.50 are available at the Belasco Theatre box office, at telecharge.com, or, by visiting www.lct.org.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

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August Wilson's JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE After party at the Millenium Hotel

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Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Spike Lee

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