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The Rainmaker - 1999 - Broadway Tickets, News, 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."

History:

Revival
Run Type:Limited Run
Market:Broadway
Previews: October 21, 1999
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Closing:January 23, 2000

Brooks Atkinson Theatre (Broadway)

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What productions of The Rainmaker have there been?
The Rainmaker has had 3 productions including Broadway which opened in 1954, Broadway which opened in 1999 and Broadway which opened in 1999.