The Piano Lesson Broadway

The Piano Lesson Revival 2022

Opened: October 13, 2022
Closing: January 29, 2023

The Piano Lesson - 2022 - Broadway History , Info & More

Ethel Barrymore Theatre (Broadway)
243 West 47th St. New York, NY

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. Only by revisiting history can the siblings endeavor to move forward. Directed by LaTanya Richardson Jackson, The Piano Lesson is a part of August Wilson's American Century Cycle, which chronicles the Black experience throughout the 20th Century over the course of ten plays.


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The Piano Lesson Broadway Review. August Wilson revival full of stars and ghosts.
9 / 10

Of the three well-known performers, Danielle Brooks stands out the most, her face an expressive journey, angry and grief-stricken at the death of her husband three years earlier, which she blames on Boy Willie. She is devastating when she tells what the piano meant to her, how her mother 'polished this piano with her tears for seventeen years. For seventeen years she rubbed on it till her hands bled. Then she rubbed the blood in... mixed it up with the rest of the blood on it.' But she is also exquisite - touching, warm and funny - in a scene with Boy Willie's friend Lyman, her very posture revealing the years of loneliness as Lyman tests out a bottle of perfume that he bought for a dollar from a man who said it was from Paris 'This is the same kind of perfume the Queen of France wear.'

‘The Piano Lesson’ Broadway review: A blisteringly acted drama
8 / 10

The famous ending, involving the aforementioned ghoul, is also bungled. This time it combines a screen and less-than-adequate projection, the shoddiness of which distracts from the finale's power and purpose. If you're sitting even slightly off center, you can barely discern what's going on. It could be an iPhone flashlight or the aurora borealis. The windup, however, is rich and sublimely acted. When Washington snarled and stared at Brooks and Jackson with unrelenting intensity, I was reminded of his father Denzel's explosive Troy in Wilson's 'Fences' that he performed 12 years ago just two blocks away. In a play very much about legacy, that felt right.

THE PIANO LESSON to be Filmed for the Lincoln Center Theatre on Film and Tape Archives
by Chloe Rabinowitz - January 26, 2023


The Broadway revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson will be filmed for the Lincoln Center Theatre on Film and Tape Archives. See how to purchase tickets to The Piano Lesson, and more!

THE PIANO LESSON Plays Final Broadway Performance
by Nicole Rosky - January 29, 2023


On January 29, the Broadway revival of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson concludes its run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, having played 27 previews and 124 regular performances. The production is the highest grossing revival of a play on Broadway and the highest grossing Wilson production on Broadway ever.

Prop Piano in THE PIANO LESSON on Broadway to be Donated to The Smithsonian
by Chloe Rabinowitz - January 24, 2023


The titular prop piano in the hit Broadway revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson will be donated to The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture after the culmination of the production’s recently-extended run.

Photos: Oprah Winfrey, Billy Porter, Anne Hathaway, and More Visit THE PIANO LESSON
by Bruce Glikas - January 20, 2023


The Piano Lesson on Broadway has seen several notable guests, including Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Billy Porter, Anne Hathaway, and more! BroadwayWorld was on hand to capture photos of the guests backstage with members of the cast. Check out the photos here!

Photos: Robert De Niro, Lucy Liu & More Stars Attend THE PIANO LESSON
by Chloe Rabinowitz - January 6, 2023


See photos of Robert De Niro, Lucy Liu and many more stars attending The Piano Lesson on Broadway!

VIDEO: Danielle Brooks Tried to Get Her Daughter In THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical
by Michael Major - January 4, 2023


Danielle Brooks appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers last night to discuss starring in The Piano Lesson and filming the movie musical adaptation of The Color Purple. During the interview, Brooks revealed that she tried to get her daughter to film a scene in The Color Purple movie but it ended up being an 'epic fail.' Watch the video now!

THE PIANO LESSON Becomes Highest Grossing August Wilson Play on Broadway in History
by Chloe Rabinowitz - January 3, 2023


The Broadway revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson has officially become the highest grossing Wilson play on Broadway in history.

Trai Byers to Play Final Performance in THE PIANO LESSON This Month
by Chloe Rabinowitz - January 3, 2023


Casting changes have been announced through the end of the extended run of The Piano Lesson on Broadway, which concludes on January 29, 2023. See how to purchase tickets and more.

THE PIANO LESSON Might Transfer to the West End in 2023
by Blair Ingenthron - December 24, 2022


According to a tweet from Deadline Hollywood columnist and International Editor at Large Baz Bamigboye, rumour has it that The Piano Lesson starring Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, and Danielle Brooks could transfer to the West End in 2023.

VIDEO: LaTanya Richardson Jackson & THE PIANO LESSON Cast Sit Down With Robin Roberts on GMA
by Michael Major - December 22, 2022


Latanya Richardson and the cast of The Piano Lesson, including Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks, and John David Washington, sat down with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America to open up about the revival. Watch the video of the interview now!

Photos: Reverend Al Sharpton Surprises Samuel L. Jackson With Birthday Cake at THE PIANO LESS
by Stephi Wild - December 22, 2022


Last night, December 21, at the hit Broadway revival of The Piano Lesson, Reverend Al Sharpton surprised star Samuel L. Jackson on his birthday with a cake at the curtain call. Check out photos from the evening here!

Photos: Taraji P. Henson and Natasha Lyonne Visit THE PIANO LESSON on Broadway
by Blair Ingenthron - December 19, 2022


Natasha Lyonne, who starred with The Piano Lesson's Danielle Brooks in Orange is the New Black, and Taraji P. Henson visited the cast of The Piano Lesson backstage after seeing the play on Broadway last week. The Piano Lesson is currently scheduled to run through January 29, 2023. Check out the photos here!

Photos: David Hyde Pierce Visits THE PIANO LESSON on Broadway
by Blair Ingenthron - December 17, 2022


Tony Award-winner David Hyde Pierce visited the cast of The Piano Lesson backstage after seeing the play on Broadway this week. The Piano Lesson is currently scheduled to run through January 2023.

Video: Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson & More Discuss THE PIANO LESSON at SiriusXM
by Chloe Rabinowitz - December 12, 2022


Watch the cast of Broadway’s ‘The Piano Lesson’ including Samuel L. Jackson, wife and director, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, co-stars John David Washington, Danielle Brooks, Michael Potts and April Matthis sit down with Urban View host Mike Muse before an audience at SiriusXM studios.

VIDEO: Samuel L. Jackson Discusses the Original PIANO LESSON Production on THE TONIGHT SHOW
by Michael Major - November 21, 2022


Samuel L. Jackson appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to discuss appearing on Broadway in The Piano Lesson. During the interview, they discussed the show's success and Jackson looked back on his experience in the original production of the play. Watch the new interview video now!

THE PIANO LESSON Extended Through January 2023
by Chloe Rabinowitz - November 17, 2022


The Broadway revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson will be extended by popular demand -- through January 29, 2023. The Piano Lesson remains the highest grossing revival of a play on Broadway.

VIDEO: LaTanya Richardson Jackson Reveals What She Wants PIANO LESSON Audiences to Take Away From the Play on FALLON
by Michael Major - November 3, 2022


LaTanya Richardson Jackson appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last night to discuss directing The Piano Lesson on Broadway. During the interview, Jackson discussed what she hopes audiences take away from the play after they see it. Watch the new video interview now!

Words From The Wings: April Matthis of THE PIANO LESSON Shares Her Backstage Routine
by Stephi Wild - November 4, 2022


We're chatting with April Matthis of The Piano Lesson! She told us all about her backstage routine, must-haves, and more!

VIDEO: John David Washington Reveals His PIANO LESSON Pre-Show Ritual on LIVE! WITH KELLY & RYAN
by Michael Major - October 24, 2022


John David Washington appeared on LIVE! With Kelly & Ryan to discuss making his Broadway debut in The Piano Lesson. During the interview, Washington revealed his pre-show ritual, which arrives arrives at the theatre an hour and a half early to do. Watch a video clip from the interview now!

THE PIANO LESSON Announces General Rush and Digital Lottery Policies
by Stephi Wild - October 19, 2022


The general rush and digital lottery policies have been announced for the Broadway revival of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson.

Danielle Brooks Out of THE PIANO LESSON Due to COVID-19
by Stephi Wild - October 17, 2022


Danielle Brooks revealed that she will be out of The Piano Lesson through October 23 after testing positive for COVID-19.

Photos: Stars Arrive at THE PIANO LESSON Opening Night
by Bruce Glikas - October 15, 2022


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!

Video: Inside Opening Night of THE PIANO LESSON on Broadway
by Opening Night - October 15, 2022


The best of Broadway was at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 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 big night and and we are taking you behind the scenes in this video!

Photos: THE PIANO LESSON Company Celebrates Opening Night
by Bruce Glikas - October 14, 2022


The best of Broadway was at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 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 big night and you can check out photos of the company on the red carpet below!

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Other Productions of The Piano Lesson

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2012   Off-Broadway Signature Theatre Company
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The Piano Lesson - 2022 Broadway Awards and Nominations

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Year Ceremony Category Nominee
2023 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play Danielle Brooks
2023 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play Ray Fisher
2023 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play Japhy Weideman
2023 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Revival of a Play The Piano Lesson
2023 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Wig and Hair Cookie Jordan
2023 Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Award Danielle Brooks
2023 Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Award John David Washington
2023 Drama League Awards Outstanding Revival of a Play The Piano Lesson
2023 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Featured Performer in a Broadway Play Danielle Brooks
2023 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Featured Performer in a Broadway Play Michael Potts
2023 Theatre World Awards Theatre World Awards John David Washington
2023 Tony Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play Samuel L. Jackson
2023 Tony Awards Best Revival of a Play The Piano Lesson

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