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Photos: Stars Arrive at THE PIANO LESSON Opening Night

The Piano Lesson is running at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

The best of Broadway was at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Thursday, where The Piano Lesson, directed by Tony Award nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson and starring Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, and Danielle Brooks, opened on Broadway. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the arrivals and you can check out photos of Patti LuPone, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and more on the red carpet below!

The cast also features Trai Byers as Avery, Ray Fisher as Lymon, April Matthis as Grace, Michael Potts as Wining Boy, and Nadia Daniel and Jurnee Swan as Maretha at alternating performances.

August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, which premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 1987 and starred a then-39-year-old Samuel L. Jackson as Boy Willie, is the fourth play in the American Century Cycle. Three years later, a new production, starring Carl Gordon, Charles S. Dutton and S. Epatha Merkerson, opened at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, and soon transferred to Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre. In addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize for drama, The Piano Lesson won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, the Peabody Award and was nominated for the 1990 Tony Award for Best 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. The Piano Lesson, wrote Frank Rich in The New York Times, "has its own spacious poetry, its own sharp angle on a nation's history, its own metaphorical idea of drama and its own palpable ghosts that roar right through the upstairs window of the household where the action unfolds. Like other Wilson plays, The Piano Lesson seems to sing even when it is talking."

The design team for The Piano Lesson includes Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt (Set Design), Tony Award nominee Toni-Leslie James (Costume Design), Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design), Tony Award winner Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), Drama Desk Award nominee Cookie Jordan (Wig Design), Tony Award nominee Jeff Sugg (Projection Design), Alvin Hough Jr. (Music & Music Direction), Otis Sallid (Choreographer). Casting is by Calleri, Jensen, Davis. General Management is by Foresight Theatrical.

Photo Credit: Bruce Glikas

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita

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Uma Thurman

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Edie Falco

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Mandy Gonzalez and Douglas Melini

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Deborah Roberts and Al Roker

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Camryn Manheim and Jane Krakowski

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Magic Johnson, Cookie Johnson and EJ Johnson

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Tina Knowles

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Tom Leonardis and Whoopi Goldberg

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Tonya Lewis Lee and Spike Lee

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Oscar Isaac

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David Burtka and Victoria Bartolotta

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Sherri Shepherd

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Ethan Hawke

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Maria Friedman and Producer Sonia Friedman

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Jesse Williams

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Neil Meron and Uma Thurman

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Jurnee Smollett

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Cherry Jones

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Jamie deRoy and David Zippel

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Joe Morton

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Nicole Ari Parker

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Irene Gandy and Nicole Ari Parker

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Cody Renard Richard

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Lynn Nottage

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George C. Wolfe

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Glenn Davis and Rachel Chavkin

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Director LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Glenn Davis

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ruben Santiago-Hudson

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Jesse Williams, Director LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Uma Thurman

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Jesse Williams and Adepero Oduye

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S. Epatha Merkerson, Director LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Kenny Leon

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David Rockwell

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Carla Hall

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Duncan Stewart

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Ruben Santiago-Hudson

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Liesl Tommy

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Anna Maria Horsford

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Lorraine Toussaint

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Brian Stokes Mitchell and Allyson Tucker

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Trai Byers

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Eva Marcille

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Star Jones

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