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Romance in Hard Times - 1989 - Off-Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

Set in a depression soup kitchen in New York City, Romance in Hard Times tells the story of Hennie, who has recently learned she is pregnant; Harvey, her husband who refuses to speak because he cannot provide for his wife; and Boris, a determined loser who loves Hennie. Through a series of disappointments and tragedies (though told with lots of humor included), Hennie decides that the world is not an acceptable place to bring her baby into, and therefore, holds her baby back, for many months past the normal term. With other characters such as Zoe, Polly, the Handcuffed Sisters, Gus, The Kid, and even Eleanor Roosevelt helping out, Hennie tries to find something that will make everything right again, so she can bring her baby into the world.

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by A.A. Cristi - Sep 13, 2022
Go inside Lillias' first performance at the Walter Kerr Theatre and hear her earth-shaking take on the show's opening number and more in the newly released video!
by Alan Henry - Sep 10, 2020
Producer Mark Cortale announced today that award-winning icons of the stage and screen Judy Kuhn, Lillias White, and Beth Leavel will join the line-up of talent slated to participate in The Seth Concert Series.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Oct 5, 2020
Billy Porter hosted this Sunday's ALCU Bill of Rights Gala, which consisted of an hour-long program celebrating the work of the ACLU. The event also served as a call to vote.
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 30, 2019
Theatre NOVA, Ann Arbor's professional theatre with an exclusive focus on new plays and playwrights, presents the world premiere of  a?oeDJ Whittigton's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Pantoa?? by Carla Milarch and R. MacKenzie Lewis.
by Stage Tube - Oct 28, 2020
James Corden asks Billy Porter to take part in Late Late Show and Tell, and Billy shares an ashtray his mother made before she lost use of her hands. After, Reggie Watts asks Billy for his definition of beauty.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Oct 23, 2020
Billy Porter and Aaron Sorkin will appear on 'The Late Late Show With James Corden' next week! See the full list of guests below.
by Stage Tube - Oct 21, 2020
Billy Porter talks about the protocols the cast and crew of Pose are taking in order to resume filming during the coronavirus pandemic, shares what it's like to work with Beyonce's stylist and reveals how losing the lead role in a middle school production of Oliver Twist helped him discover the power of a star entrance.
by Michael Major - Oct 18, 2021
Billy Porter appeared on Good Morning America this morning to discuss his new memoir, the final season of POSE, and his film directorial debut. Watch the full interview now!
by Stephi Wild - Oct 10, 2021
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 5, 2021
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by Stephi Wild - Nov 4, 2021
For this year's gala the Foundation will be honoring Emmy, Tony, and Grammy award winning actor and singer Billy Porter, who also served as a key founding faculty member for the arts education nonprofit.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 19, 2021
Tony Award winner Billy Porter has been named to Insider's 100 People Transforming Business, which 'profiles 100 business leaders across 10 distinct sectors who are innovating, sparking trends, and tackling global challenges.'
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 18, 2019
The City of Quincy has been recognized as the first official U.S. City to partner and to participate in the international arts and cultural movement Fair Saturday, on Saturday November 30, 2019. Originating in Bilbao, Spain in 2014. Fair Saturday aims to create a positive social impact each year on the last Saturday of November, the day following Black Friday.
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 18, 2019
The City of Quincy has been recognized as the first official U.S. City to partner and to participate in the international arts and cultural movement Fair Saturday, on Saturday November 30, 2019. Originating in Bilbao, Spain in 2014. Fair Saturday aims to create a positive social impact each year on the last Saturday of November, the day following Black Friday.
by Nicole Rosky - Nov 16, 2020
Today (November 16) in live streaming: Lillias White sings with Seth Rudetsky, Alice Ripley in concert, and so much more!
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Nov 16, 2020
Her concert re-airs today at 3pm and is now available On Demand, get your tickets here!
by Nicole Rosky - Nov 14, 2020
Broadway might be dark, but that doesn't mean that theatre isn't happening everywhere! Below, check out where you can get your daily fix of Broadway this weekend, November 7-8, 2020.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 14, 2020
BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge is keeping up with all of your favorite stars' latest projects on Backstage Live, bringing you in-depth interviews twice weekly. On November 12, he chatted with Tony winner Lillias White. Lillias will soon join Seth Rudetsky for two very special concerts on Sunday, November 15 (8pm) and Monday, November 16 (3pm).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 12, 2021
The Green Room 42 has announced their line-up for the next week. Located inside YOTEL Times Square (570 Tenth Avenue, Fourth Floor), The Green Room 42 is Broadway's newest, most spacious, and funkiest cabaret club.
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Nov 12, 2020
Tune in right here as he chats with Tony winner Lillias White. Lillias will soon join Seth Rudetsky for two very special concerts on Sunday, November 15 (8pm) and Monday, November 16 (3pm).
by Stephi Wild - Nov 11, 2020
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that stage and screen actor Lawrence Clayton has died at age 64. The news was shared with BroadwayWorld by multiple friends and former castmates of Clayton's.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 10, 2020
Inspired by the cultural phenomenon Verzuz, the Broadway Advocacy Coalition has announced BROADWAY VS, the musical event you've been waiting for. Celebrating the legendary careers of Tony Award winners André De Shields and Lillias White, BAC will honor the legacies of these Broadway icons.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2021
Tony Award-winner Lillias White is a powerhouse stage presence, known for her performances in Broadway productions such as The Life and Fela!, Off-Broadway productions including Texas in Paris, and Romance in Hard Times, which won her an Obie Award, and for lending her voice to the role of Calliope in Disney's 1997 Hercules film, plus much more!  
by Stephi Wild - Mar 29, 2021
Billy Porter once again delivers the LGBTQ State of the Union tomorrow, Tuesday, March 30 at 12pm EST. After a year of tragedy and triumph, he​ reminds us, “We will feel joy again soon,” as he reflects on the past year while looking forward to the one ahead. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 26, 2020
Billy Porter took to Instagram to issue a fashion challenge to his followers with the instructions: Be creative!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 22, 2020
Billy Porter will voice the character of Desmond on tonight's episode of The Simpson's!
by Michael Major - Jun 27, 2022
Billy Porter brought ballroom and house music to the BET Awards with an epic performance on Sunday night. Watch the video from the broadcast which also featured performances by Brandy, Jack Harlow, Lizzo, Mariah Carey, Latto, and more.
by Michael Major - Jun 23, 2022
Tony, Grammy, and Emmy-winner Billy Porter has signed a first-look deal with FX. Porter will develop new content for FX through his new Incognegro production company with producing partner D.J. Gugenheim. Porter will be making his film directorial debut with Anything's Possible and will direct an episode of FOX's Accused this summer.
by Michael Major - Jun 2, 2022
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 10, 2022
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 29, 2022
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 29, 2022
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 28, 2022
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 26, 2022
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by Stephi Wild - Jul 26, 2020
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by Stage Tube - Jul 17, 2020
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by Stage Tube - Jan 9, 2020
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by Alan Henry - Jan 8, 2020
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 29, 2021
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 25, 2022
As part of JDAIM 2022 programming (Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month) The Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit's Opening the Doors Program will present the virtual event Changing The Norm – Celebrating the Beauty of Different Abilities on Monday, February 28th at 7:00pm ET.
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 24, 2021
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 10, 2022
The White Plains Performing Arts Center will present Tony and Emmy Award winner Lillias White live in concert on Saturday, February 26 at 8:00 pm
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by Elliot Lanes - Dec 10, 2019
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by A.A. Cristi - Dec 10, 2019
Barrington Stage Company (BSC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, announces the 2019 Associate Artists a?" actor Alan H. Green, composer Joe Iconis, costume designer Sara Jean Tosetti and actress Peggy Pharr Wilson.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 8, 2022
Tony Award® and Daytime Emmy Award® winner Lillias White is set to take over the role of Hermes in Hadestown, the Tony and Grammy Award®-winning Best Musical, at the Walter Kerr Theatre, beginning on Tuesday, September 13.
by Stage Tube - Aug 18, 2020
Billy Porter  performed 'For What It's Worth' to conclude Day 1 of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
by Ricky Pope - Aug 13, 2021
Lillias White (Dreamgirls, Cats, Once On This Island, How to Succeed, The Life, Fela!) is the kind of performer who engenders adoration. She serves up joy and talent in giant portions in everything she does. She won the Tony for The Life, the Obie for Romance in Hard Times, and a Daytime Emmy for her role on Sesame Street. She was also Tony-nominated for her stunning turn in Fela! Her voice is instantly recognizable. No one sings like her. The force of her voice and her presence is as elemental as air, water, earth, and fire.
by Stage Tube - Apr 2, 2020
Feinstein's/54 Below has released their latest #54BelowatHome flashback video! In today's video, watch Lillias White perform 'When You Wish Upon a Star.' The performance was part of Lillias White: Make Someone Happy on July 30, 2019 at Feinstein's/54 Below.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 1, 2022
Billy Porter is set to direct an episode of Fox’s upcoming anthology drama series “Accused.”

Romance in Hard Times Frequently Asked Questions

What is the order of songs in Romance in Hard Times and what's the order?
Standing in Line
I'll Get Out of Here
Harvey Promised to Change the World
The Supreme Court Saved from Fire
Charity Quartet
I Never Said I Didn't Love You
You Got Me Crazy
That's Enough for Me
Places I Fainted from Hunger
Time Passes
The Good Times Are Here
Feelin' Rich
Hold My Baby Back
Hennie Soup
Thinking About You
I Don't Want to Feel What I Feel
The Prosperity Song
A Gaggle of Celebrities
I'll Get You Out of My Life
How Could You Do This to Someone Who Robbed for You
Blame It on These Times
Another Celebrity Song
You Can't Let Romance Die
Supreme Court
All of Us Are Losers
I Will Make You Rich
The New World Ain't Coming Soon
Stop Kicking
Vote for Polly
In the Nick of Time
That's Why We Do the Things We Do
Gus' Triumph
The Last Can a Hennie Soup
All of Us Are Brothers
Eleanor Roosevelt: A Discussion of Soup
Red Faces at the Kremlin
All Fall Down

What productions of Romance in Hard Times have their been?
Romance in Hard Times has had 3 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 1989, Off-Broadway which opened in 1989 and Off-Broadway which opened in 1989.

What productions of Romance in Hard Times have there been?
Romance in Hard Times has had 3 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 1989, Off-Broadway which opened in 1989 and Off-Broadway which opened in 1989.