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Steel Magnolias - 2005 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

Welcome to Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoo and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire; Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby is about to marry a "good ole boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few revealing verbal collisions, the play invokes knowing laughter and certain tears when the spunky Shelby risks her life for a child of her own. The realization of mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love - in these uniquely American women. Elizabeth Harris, Director


Original Production
Run Type: Open Run
Market: Broadway
Previews: March 15, 2005
(23 preview

Closing: July 31, 2005

Running Time:

Two hours and 15 minutes with one intermission

Lyceum Theatre

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(Covent Garden/Charing Cross) Wellington Street, just off Strand

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by Julie Musbach - Mar 9, 2018
Producers Darlene Kaplan, Laura Janik Cronin and Scott Newsome, in association with Alec Seymour, present the Off-Broadway premiere of The Stone Witch, a play by Shem Bitterman (A Death in Colombia, Influence).  Performances begin Monday, March 12, 2018 for an open-ended engagement atThe Westside Theatre - Upstairs (407 West 43rd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues).  Opening Night is Sunday evening, March 25, 2018 at 6:30PM.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 8, 2018
by Julie Musbach - Mar 6, 2018
Audiences are invited to take a sentimental journey when the 1940s musical revue "In The Mood" returns to Bucks County Playhouse for a limited engagement, March 21-25. "In the Mood" is being presented as part of the Playhouse's Visiting Artist Series.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 5, 2018
Following a strictly limited summer season at the London Palladium, The Wind in the Willows: The New Musical is set to delight audiences of all ages, as it is screened in cinemas across the UK & Ireland over the Easter period. The multi-camera production of the much-loved musical adventure will be screened in stunning surround sound and in breathtaking high definition, bringing one of the highlights of London's West End to local multiplexes and giving everyone the best seat in the house. Participating cinemas and booking links can be found at
by Gina Zenyuch - Mar 4, 2018
The Chatham Players proudly presents 'Steel Magnolias' by Robert Harling.  The play is a heartwarming portrait of friendship and love.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 3, 2018
In this age of women's issues at the forefront of the news, Rivertown Theaters is proud to present "Steel Magnolias," the Louisiana-written play that, since it's first production in 1987, has as much poignancy if not more today about women, their strengths and most importantly, the priceless value of female friendship.
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 29, 2018
We Southerners take our literary history seriously, whether it's a book, a poem, a novel or a play - no matter the genre, we are proud to read about our way of life and the things that we believe make us so very special. Such is the case with Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias, which debuted in 1987 to near unanimous acclaim only to gain in popularity and adulation in the intervening three decades. Whether it's a feature film, a made-for-TV movie or live onstage, Harling's tale of six Louisiana women and their shared experiences captured in a series of snapshots from their lives is beloved and somewhat revered.
by Julie Musbach - Mar 28, 2018
Stages Repertory Theatre's 2018-2019 Season, the final full season to be performed at the theatre's current Allen Parkway facility, offers a dynamic mix of new work, fan favorites and stories reflecting Houston's diverse communities. With Stages' signature breadth of programming, the season runs the gamut from beloved musicals to daring new dramas, youth and family programs to adults-only hilarity, with a focus on nurturing emerging artists and welcoming a wide range of audiences.
by Alan Henry - Mar 27, 2018
A classic tap-happy musical and a new production of a legendary Broadway comedy are highlights of Bucks County Playhouse's 2018 Season. Executive Producer Robyn Goodman, Producing Director Alexander Fraser and Producers Stephen Kocis and Josh Fiedler announced details of the season, which will kick off at the historic Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania on May 19.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 26, 2018
Following a strictly limited summer season at the London Palladium, The Wind in the Willows: The New Musical is set to delight audiences of all ages, as it is screened in cinemas across the UK & Ireland over the Easter period. The multi-camera production of the much-loved musical adventure will be screened in stunning surround sound and in breathtaking high definition, bringing one of the highlights of London's West End to local multiplexes and giving everyone the best seat in the house. Participating cinemas and booking links can be found at
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 26, 2018
Beth Leavel has joined the cast of DUETS with Volume 6 on June 22 at Feinstein's/54 Below.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 26, 2018
Due to extraordinary popular demand, Virginia Rep is pleased to announce the second extension of the one-woman play, Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End, starring Catherine Shaffner as the humorist/housewife, Erma Bombeck. Before the show opened, the play (originally slated to close on April 8th) was extended one week to close on to April 15th. The hilariously entertaining show, directed by John Moon, has been met with such popular and critical acclaim, an additional two week extension has been announced. Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End by Allison and Margaret Engel is onstage now through April 29th at the Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road, Hanover, Virginia 23069.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 22, 2018
Philadelphia Theatre Company is reinventing its annual gala. Instead of staid speeches and silent auctions, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre will become the home to Play Brawl!, a brand new PTC fundraiser that showcases prominent local business leaders living out their acting dreams alongside professional actors on the PTC stage. Audience members can then vote with their tax-free donations through a mobile bidding app to help declare a winner. In the vein of Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, this fun event takes the stage Friday, April 6 at 6 p.m at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (480 S. Broad Street). Tickets and sponsorships for the event start at $150 and are available online at or by calling 215-985-1400 x 117.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 22, 2018
Esther and Schmuli are shy young Orthodox Jews embarking on an arranged marriage, despite barely knowing each other. Abe and Julia are high-profile celebrities embarking on a dangerously flirtatious correspondence, despite being married to other people. On the surface, the lives of these two couples couldn't be more different. But Anna Ziegler's funny, insightful, and mysterious new drama explores the hidden connections between seemingly disparate people, drawing audiences into an intriguing puzzle and a deeply sympathetic look at modern love.
by Julie Musbach - Mar 22, 2018
The first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts from April 10 - 15. Tickets are on sale now.
by Julie Musbach - Mar 21, 2018
Who doesn't enjoy romance, laughter, and murder? The Academy Theatre is bringing all three to the stage with Murder at the Howard Johnson's by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick. This show is a lighthearted, fast-paced suspense comedy directed by Rob Raissle.
by Julie Musbach - Mar 20, 2018
Shakespeare Theatre Company today announces the cast of Lerner and Loewe's multiple Tony Award-winning musical Camelot. Directed by STC Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul (Kiss Me, Kate; Man of La Mancha), the classic musical will play at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F St NW) from May 22 through July 1, concluding STC's 2017-2018 mainstage season.
by Julie Musbach - Mar 2, 2018
Golden Globe nominee John James headlines the cast of William Gibson's The Miracle Worker at Judson Theatre Company (Morgan Sills, Executive Producer and Daniel Haley, Artistic Director). James is best known for playing "Jeff Colby" in the primetime soap Dynasty and its spinoff series The Colbys.  
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 19, 2018
Director and playwright Stan Zimmerman has found his quartet of actors for his new comedy Knife to the Heart, co-written with Christian McLaughlin. The show will play a limited run of 3 WEEKS ONLY for 9 performances (May 4-20) at the Dorie Theatre, part of The Complex on LA's famed Theatre Row (6476 Santa Monica Blvd, LA CA 90038). Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. The cast includes Chelsea Kane ('Baby Daddy'), Todd Sherry ('Parks & Recreation'), Josh Zuckerman (A Delicate Ship) and four-time Emmy-nominee Patricia Richardson ('Home Improvement'). Tickets are $35 for Reserved Seating /$25 General Admission/$30 at the door, if available, and can be purchased at A special preview performance is Friday May 4 with an Opening Night of Saturday May 5.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 17, 2018
Southwest Reprise Theatre Company is producing Robert Harling's beloved play 'Steel Magnolias' at its space in southwest Fort Worth. The four performances will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, April 20-21 and April 27-28 at Trinity Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 7120 W. Cleburne Rd., Fort Worth. James T. Long is the director.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 15, 2018
Two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole will take the stage as a last-minute replacement for Laura Benanti at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 17, at 8 p.m., when she and pianist/commentator Seth Rudetsky perform songs from the great musicals.
by Julie Musbach - Mar 15, 2018
Andi Chapman directs the Southern California premiere of Nambi E. Kelley's visceral, groundbreaking stage adaption of Richard Wright's racially charged novel, Native Son, for Antaeus Theatre Company. Wright's iconic novel about oppression, freedom and justice comes to life on stage at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale beginning April 19, with performances continuing through June 3. Low-priced previews take place April 12-18.
by Julie Musbach - Mar 14, 2018
Following two previous sold-out engagements, two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with her critically-acclaimed show, After the Ball, on Friday, June 15 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, June 16 (8 p.m.). In this celebration of the classics, Ebersole will perform such standards as "The Way You Look Tonight," "S'Wonderful," "Lazy Afternoon," and more!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 14, 2018
Geva Theatre Center announces that Eve Plumb, best remembered as Jan Brady in "The Brady Bunch" will play the role of 'Clairee' in Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, the closing production of Geva's 45th ESL / Rochester Regional Health Wilson Stage Season.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 14, 2018
Truvy Jones runs a successful beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies in the neighborhood have a standing Saturday appointment. Along with her anxious and eager assistant, Annelle, Truvy styles the hair of many of the women about town: wealthy widow and former first lady of Chinquapin, Clairee Belcher, local curmudgeon Ouiser Boudreaux ('I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"), intelligent and compassionate career woman M'Lynn, and her daughter Shelby, the prettiest girl in town. Shelby's engagement is the talk of the town, but the joy and excitement of her wedding quickly turn to concern as she faces a risky pregnancy and a myriad of health complications. As the women of Chinquapin make their way over life's many hurdles together, they find comfort (and a fair amount of verbal ribbing) in one another. "You have no idea how wonderful you are," M'Lynn tells the ladies at the end of the play. Truvy responds, with a smile, "Of course we do."
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 13, 2018
Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross, the parents from the five-time Emmy-winning NBC comedy "Family Ties," will make their Bucks County Playhouse debut, as part of the Visiting Artists Series, in A. R. Gurney's critically acclaimed "Love Letters." Running from April 4 - 8, 2018, 'Love Letters' is an especially meaningful show for Baxter and Gross who have continued as friends and colleagues since working together on "Family Ties" 30 years ago.
by Julie Musbach - Mar 12, 2018
In 2002, The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre opened its season with a set of new owners and the hilarious musical comedy farce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Sixteen years later, the Kiska family, who purchased the theatre in 2002, and Way Off Broadway are very excited to see the return of one of the funniest shows to ever appear on the WOB stage. Forum will continue the theatre's 2018 Mega-Mini Season, running March 23rd - May 19th.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 1, 2018
Rabbit Hole is the first production of Breach Once More 2018-2019 season. Rabbit Hole is a family drama that charts a grieving family through a empathic search for comfort in the darkest of places and a path that will lead them back into the light of day. Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. The entire family finds themselves lost as they attempt to recovery from the loss of their son. The Corbett's have become strangers in their own home; inhabiting isolated space.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 27, 2018
The 19th annual West Hartford Mayor's Charity Ball will be held May 12, 2018 at West Hartford Town Hall. The gala will benefit two local charities, Playhouse on Park and The Town That Cares. Proceeds from last year's event covered important operating expenses for Playhouse youth programming, and helped The Town That Cares meet a significant uptick in requests for the Food Pantry.
by Julie Musbach - Feb 27, 2018
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents legendary Broadway and screen actress Carole Cook in "Back Where She Belongs: The Life and Times of Carol Cooke" - her New York cabaret debut - at the age of 94! - for two performances only - Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 7pm.
by Julie Musbach - Feb 27, 2018
The red carpet was full of beauty and style at the Opening Night of Steel Magnolias at Theatre at the Center on Sunday, February 25.  Cory Goodrich, in the role of M'Lynn, Landree Fleming, as Shelby, and Heidi Kettenring as Truvy, lead the cast of Theatre at the Center's Steel Magnolias with Joslyn Yvonne Jones as Ouiser, Jeannie Affelder as Clairee and Myesha-Tiara as Annelle.  The show continues through March 25.
by Julie Musbach - Feb 23, 2018
"America's Got Talent" 2016 Finalist Brian Justin Crum has been added to the cast of "Dance to the Movies" for its upcoming engagement at Bucks County Playhouse. Crum joins Tony Dovolani, a Mirror Ball Trophy Winner and celebrity pro from "Dancing with the Stars," and Anna Trebunskaya, also a "Dancing with the Stars" celebrity pro and fan favorite, in this high-powered cast. "Dance to the Movies" is being presented as part of the Playhouse's Visiting Artists Series. The show will take over the playhouse stage March 7 - 11. 
by Julie Musbach - Feb 22, 2018
The comic genius of Charlie Chaplin will be on full display as Philadelphia-based "Not So Silent Cinema" provides live accompaniment to three Chaplin shorts in a special one-night event at Bucks County Playhouse, Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m. The presentation is part of the Playhouse's Visiting Artist Series.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 9, 2018
you are my sunshine - a new play with folk songs …based on a true story by Kelli Kerslake Colaco is a multi-decade (1927-1956) character study of a man of mythic American proportions whose passions and demons lead to tragedy. Narrated in Woody Guthrie-style folk songs - accompanied by Bay Area music favorites Chris Haugen (guitar) and Trevor Marcom (vocals/guitar), the fact-inspired ensemble drama focuses on the search for truth behind a dark family legend vis-a-vis an ancestor and the women and children in his life.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 9, 2018
Although nearly 15,000 women served in Vietnam during the war, at that time there was little to no media coverage about these unsung heroes' experiences and sacrifices, or their homecomings and readjustment difficulties.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 5, 2018
BoHo Theatre continues its 2018 season with Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's classic musical A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT. Intimately staged with a focus on character and relationships, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC challenges audiences and artists alike with its complex musicality and darkly comedic themes of love and longing. The production is directed by Linda Fortunato, who has previously worked with BoHo on NEXT TO NORMAL, PARADE, and KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, with music direction by fellow BoHo alum Tom Vendafreddo (THE SPITFIRE GRILL).
by Julie Musbach - Apr 5, 2018
Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced that Golden Globe and two-time Emmy nominee Josh Charles, Kate Bornstein and Ty Defoe will join Armie Hammer and Tom Skerritt in the Broadway production of Young Jean Lee's dark comedy, STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, directed by Anna D. Shapiro.
by Julie Musbach - Apr 3, 2018
After a brief hiatus at the beginning of the year, Way Off Broadway is kicking off its 2018 Family Theatre Series season with the return of The Berenstain Bears on Stage! The show, which first premiered at the theatre in 2015, will have a limited engagement for its second go-around, running April 21st - May 20th, with six performances only.
by Macon Prickett - Apr 2, 2018
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents singer and songwriter Jill Scott – three-time GRAMMY winner for hits including “He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat),” performs “Fool's Gold,” “A Long Walk,” “The Way” and many sensuous R&B favorites on Wednesday, June 27th at 8:00 PM.
by David Green - Apr 2, 2018
The McCallum Theatre announced today its new lineup as it begins its fourth decade of presenting world-class artists and entertainers for Coachella Valley audiences.  The new season includes McCallum debuts, iconic superstars, family-friendly entertainment, holiday sensations, with some mariachi, Bollywood, ballet, comedy and entertaining geography lessons all part of a very full and exciting season that also presents an outstanding roster of  Broadway favorites. 
by Julie Musbach - Apr 2, 2018
People's Light proudly presents an inventive, intimate version of one of Shakespeare's most timeless plays. In Romeo & Juliet: A Requiem, the parents, Friar, and Nurse recreate the passion and recklessness of their star-crossed children to face their culpability and seek redemption.
by Julie Musbach - Apr 2, 2018
The Maltz Jupiter Theatre has announced that the big and splashy Broadway hit Mamma Mia! is the long-awaited surprise show of its 2018/19 season!
by Julie Musbach - Apr 2, 2018
Seattle Repertory Theatre today announced complete casting for its production of Familiar by playwright and actor Danai Gurira, directed by Taibi Magar. A co-production with the Guthrie Theater, Familiar is set in the suburbs of Minneapolis and takes a fresh look at tradition, immigration, and assimilation as a Zimbabwean American family gathers together at their home before the rehearsal dinner for their elder daughter's wedding.
by Julie Musbach - Apr 18, 2018
Brian Reddy has shared the big screen with Robert DeNiro, Joe Pecci, Pierce Brosnan and Richard Gere. He's been directed by Martin Scorsese, the Coen Brothers and Mike Nichols. He has appeared on Broadway with the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Patti Lupone and Sam Waterston.
by Julie Musbach - Apr 17, 2018
In a season where Disney's "Frozen" is heating up the box office on Broadway and an American commoner is preparing to marry an English prince, one of Broadway's most charming princesses, two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes ("Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella" on Broadway) is bringing her own Princess Party to Bucks County Playhouse. The concert is being presented in New Hope as part of the Bucks County Playhouse Visiting Artist Series.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 16, 2018
Florida Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 Season, which begins the company's third decade of producing nationally-recognized, professional theatre in the Fort Myers River District. Set to open Sept. 21 and run to May 5 in the Historic Arcade Theatre and ArtStage Studio Theatre, the nine-show season includes two musicals, multiple comedies, a modern American classic, a southeastern United States premiere, and a world-premiere adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."
by Stephi Wild - Apr 13, 2018
Geva Theatre Center's Wilson Stage Season 2017-2018 concludes with Steel Magnolias, by Robert Harling and directed by Skip Greer, in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage from May 8 through June 3.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 11, 2018
The Actors Fund, the national human services organization for everyone in performing arts and entertainment, will hold its Annual Gala on Monday, May 14, 2018. The evening will celebrate Academy Award-winning actor and filmmaker Warren Beatty, Tony Award-winning Broadway and film director Kenny Leon, currently director of Children of a Lesser God on Broadway, two-time Tony Award-winning actress, singer and dancer Chita Rivera, and Golden Globe-winning, Academy Award and Emmy-nominated actress Uma Thurman. Mr. Beatty, Mr. Leon, Ms. Rivera and Ms. Thurman will be awarded The Actors Fund's Medal of Honor. The event begins with 6 pm cocktails followed by a 7 pm dinner and tribute at the New York Marriott Marquis. The evening will include special tribute performances by guests to be announced.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 10, 2018
Keystone Theatrics presents Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias at The Playhouse at Allenberry, April 6-14, 2018. The fifth production in the 2017-18 Mainstage Season, 'Steel Magnolias' is a glimpse into the lives of six Southern women who are 'delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel.'
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 10, 2018
Lou Volpe, the retired theatre education pioneer, is being given the prestigious Bucks County Playhouse Hall of Fame Award, following such honorees as Angela Lansbury, Oscar Hammerstein and Shirley Jones.

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