Photo Flash: Nia Vardalos and More Celebrate Opening Night Of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Pasadena Playhouse

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Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theater of California, hosted a star-studded opening night last evening for The Public Theater production of Tiny Beautiful Things starring Academy Award-nominated writer and actress Nia Vardalos, who reprises the role of Sugar for the Playhouse production. Vardalos originated the role of Sugar at The Public Theater under the direction of Thomas Kail.

She also created the stage adaptation of Tiny Beautiful Things based on the New York Times Bestseller of the same name by Cheryl Strayed. The project was conceived by Vardalos in conjunction with Thomas Kail and Marshall Hayman.

Celebrities attending included Reese Witherspoon, Cheryl Strayed, Rita Wilson, Marcia Gay Harden, Alfred Molina, Jane Kaczmarek, Busy Phillips and Adina Porter, among others.

The cast of Tiny Beautiful Things includes Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris who will play the role of Sugar at select performances (Off-Broadway: The Emperor Jones, HBO's Sharp Objects), Teddy Cañez (Broadway: A Streetcar Named Desire, Off-Broadway: The Public Theater's Tiny Beautiful Things), Natalie Woolams-Torres (Off-Broadway: The Public Theater's Tiny Beautiful Things, The Mobile Unit's Hamlet), Giovanni Adams (Little Black Shadows at South Coast Repertory Theatre,

The Model Apartment at Geffen Playhouse), Adam J. Smith (Pasadena Playhouse: 12 Angry Men, Intimate Apparel and Matter of Honor) and Sarah Hollis (A Raisin in the Sun at A Noise Within, King Charles lll at Pasadena Playhouse).

Vardalos's stage credits include Jenny in Company directed by Gary Griffin (Theater 20) and she is an alumna of The Second City in Chicago and Toronto. Her film writing/acting credits include My Big Fat Greek Wedding and its sequel (Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, Independent Spirit and People's Choice Awards), Connie and Carla and I Hate Valentine's Day. Her film and television acting credits include My Life in Ruins; For a Good Time, Call...; Graves; and Jane the Virgin. Ms. Vardalos's memoir Instant Mom is a New York Times Bestseller, and all proceeds are donated to adoption groups.

Sherri Eden Barber has restaged the Playhouse production based on the original direction by Kail, who directed both of Lin Manuel Miranda's Broadway shows - In the Heights and Hamilton, for which he won the Tony Award for Direction (2016). Performances run now through Sunday, May 5.

Tiny Beautiful Things is about Sugar, an anonymous online advice columnist to whom thousands of people have turned for words of wisdom, honesty and hope. At first unsure of herself, Sugar finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with the deep yearning and real problems of her readers, creating a beloved column about the monstrous beauty, endless dark and glimmering light at the heart of being human.

The stage version of Tiny Beautiful Things comes to life as a richly funny, uniquely uplifting and moving play. It is about reaching when you're stuck, healing when you're broken and finding the courage to take on the questions, which have no answers

Photo Credit: Nick Agro

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Photo Flash: Nia Vardalos and More Celebrate Opening Night Of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Pasadena Playhouse

Giovanni Adams, Teddy Cañez, Nia Vardalos, Cheryl Strayed, Sherri Eden Barber and Natalie Woolams-Torres

Photo Flash: Nia Vardalos and More Celebrate Opening Night Of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Pasadena Playhouse

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Photo Flash: Nia Vardalos and More Celebrate Opening Night Of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Pasadena Playhouse

Rita Wilson

Photo Flash: Nia Vardalos and More Celebrate Opening Night Of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Pasadena Playhouse

Nia Vardalos and Jane Kaczmarek

Photo Flash: Nia Vardalos and More Celebrate Opening Night Of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Pasadena Playhouse

Adapter & star Nia Vardalos with author Cheryl Strayed

Photo Flash: Nia Vardalos and More Celebrate Opening Night Of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Pasadena Playhouse

Nia Vardalos and Busy Philipps

Photo Flash: Nia Vardalos and More Celebrate Opening Night Of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Pasadena Playhouse

Nia Vardalos, Cheryl Strayed and director Sherri Eden Barber

Photo Flash: Nia Vardalos and More Celebrate Opening Night Of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Pasadena Playhouse

Nia Vardalos, Cheryl Strayed, Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris and Reese Witherspoon

Photo Flash: Nia Vardalos and More Celebrate Opening Night Of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Pasadena Playhouse

Nia Vardalos, Cheryl Strayed and Reese Witherspoon

Photo Flash: Nia Vardalos and More Celebrate Opening Night Of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Pasadena Playhouse

Rita Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Nia Vardalos, Cheryl Strayed and Sherri Eden Barber

Photo Flash: Nia Vardalos and More Celebrate Opening Night Of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Pasadena Playhouse

Author Cheryl Strayed

Photo Flash: Nia Vardalos and More Celebrate Opening Night Of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Pasadena Playhouse

Marcia Gay Harden

Photo Flash: Nia Vardalos and More Celebrate Opening Night Of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Pasadena Playhouse

Jane Kaczmarek

Photo Flash: Nia Vardalos and More Celebrate Opening Night Of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Pasadena Playhouse

Diane Warren

Photo Flash: Nia Vardalos and More Celebrate Opening Night Of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Pasadena Playhouse

Jane Kaczmarek, Giovanni Adams, Nia Vardalos, Teddy Cañez, Sherri Eden Barber, Cheryl Strayed, MaryLou Boone and Natalie Woolams-Torres

Photo Flash: Nia Vardalos and More Celebrate Opening Night Of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Pasadena Playhouse

The cast of Tiny Beautiful Things

Photo Flash: Nia Vardalos and More Celebrate Opening Night Of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Pasadena Playhouse

Busy Phillips



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