The Rainmaker Revival 1999

Opened: November 11, 1999
Closing: January 23, 2000

The Rainmaker - 1999 - Broadway History , Info & More

This heartfelt classic is set in 1936 during the late summer in the sweeping landscape of Western Iowa at a time of drought. Cattle are "down and out" on the Curry ranch and temperatures are a stifling 104 degrees at night. As the relentless sun scorches the grasses' verdure and desperation creeps into the characters' lives, a young woman's search for love begins when a picaresque stranger with a "mellifluous tongue" enters and claims that he can bring rain.



Nash, who was born and raised in South Philadelphia, conceived the play after a trip through the drought-ridden Southwest during the summer of 1951. He met a dirt-covered eight-year-old boy at a filling station who was clutching a long, forked stick. It hadn't rained in a long time. Nash noticed that the boy shook the stick at the sky every few minutes. When he asked what the stick was for, the boy simply answered, "Rain."

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Good Theater Presents ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS This January
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 19, 2023

Good Theater will kick off the new year with the side-splitting comedy ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS by Richard Bean, starring local favorite Dustin Tucker in his Good Theater debut. We have all of the details on the production!

Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis, and Louisa Harland Will Lead David Ireland's ULSTER AMERICAN at Riverside Studios
by Stephi Wild - Oct 3, 2023

A new production of award-winning playwright David Ireland's Ulster American is headed to Riverside Studios this year, starring Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis, and Louisa Harland. Learn more about the production and find out how to get tickets here!

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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 26, 2023

Tickets are now on sale for The Winter’s Tale at Folger Theatre! The Winter's Tale is Shakespeare romance that takes audiences on an exhilarating journey, weaving together a series of complex relationships.

East Lynne Theater Company Presents WHO AM I THIS TIME (& OTHER CONUNDRUMS OF LOVE) Beginning This Month
by Stephi Wild - Jul 15, 2022

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Meet the Cast of HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE
by Stephi Wild - Mar 29, 2022

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by A.A. Cristi - Mar 10, 2022

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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 1, 2020

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People's Light Presents THE CHILDREN By Lucy Kirkwood in January
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 20, 2019

People's Light presents Lucy Kirkwood's The Children, 2018 Tony Award nominee for Best Play. Two retired nuclear physicists live a quiet life in a cottage by the sea. Outside, the world is plagued by earthquakes, tsunamis, and a nearby nuclear meltdown. When a former colleague turns up after forty years with a shocking request, three old friends must reckon with their shared culpability in this darkly funny disaster drama. Directed by Executive Artistic Director Abigail Adams, The Children stars People's Light veterans Janis Dardaris, Marcia Saunders, and Graham Smith; and runs in the 160-seat Steinbright Stage January 15 a?" February 9. Tickets start at $35, including fees. To purchase, call 610.644.3500 or visit peopleslight.org. People's Light is located at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355.

Meet the Cast of East Lynne Theater Company's ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
by Stephi Wild - Sep 16, 2019

Ever wonder how actors living in New York City end up performing at East Lynne Theater Company in Cape May? What does it take to rehearsal a show and bring it to life before an audience? Where are the actors performing after 'Arsenic and Old Lace' closes?

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by Stephi Wild - Sep 5, 2019

Murder! Mayhem! Madcap fun! This side-splitting comedy broke all East Lynne Theater Company box office records in 2018, and returns by popular demand. The production received excellent reviews including from Terry Teachout for 'The Wall Street Journal' who wrote: 'It's hard to imagine a more diverting piece of summer fun than Gayle Stahlhuth's revival of 'Arsenic and Old Lace' at ELTC. It crackles flawlessly.'

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by Julie Musbach - Aug 16, 2019

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BWW Flashback: Harvey Schmidt Reminisces on His Legendary Career in the Theatre
by Nicole Rosky - Mar 1, 2018

As BroadwayWorld sadly reported earlier today, legendary composer Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks, 110 in the Shade, I Do! I Do!) passed away last night in Texas at 88 years of age. A family only funeral will take place in Texas next week, with a New York memorial to come at a future date.

Harvey Schmidt, Legendary Composer of THE FANTASTICKS, 110 IN THE SHADE & More Dies at 88
by Robert Diamond - Mar 1, 2018

BroadwayWorld is sad to report that legendary composer Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks, 110 in the Shade, I Do! I Do!)  passed away last night in Texas at 88 years of age. A family only funeral will take place in Texas next week, with a New York memorial to come at a future date.

VIDEO: HOMELAND's Claire Danes Discusses the Cast's 'Spy Camp'
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On Last Night's Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 'Homeland' star Claire Danes says the coolest part of preparing for her role as Carrie Mathison is the annual weekend getaway to meet actual members of the intelligence community.

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by Nicole Rosky - Dec 5, 2017

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by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2017

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by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2017

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by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2017

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, has announced a line-up of Broadway performers who will honor legendary musical theatre writing team Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks, I Do, I Do!, 110 in the Shade, Celebration) with the 2017 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre at the 26th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala set for Monday evening, December 4, 2017 at The Asia Society (725 Park Avenue).

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by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

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by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

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