Samuel L. Jackson spent his 74th birthday on Broadway.
of pulp fiction Oscar nominee to star in August Wilson’s Main Stem Revival piano lesson At the Ethel Barrymore Theater, I was surprised by a cake from Reverend Al Sharpton during the show’s curtain call.
Sharpton is one of the few celebrity guests to visit Ethel Barrymore to see Samuel and the cast of the show. piano lesson We have Brandee Evans, Condol Rashad, Deborah Joy Winans, Taraji P. Henson, Giancarlo Esposito and Natasha Lyonne.
Samuel’s wife, Latanya Richardson-Jackson, is at the helm, and the exclusive Broadway engagement runs through January 29.
Ahead of the production’s official opening night on October 13, LaTagna, 73, spoke about what it’s like to work so closely with her husband.
“Let me just say, when I leave the theater, even if it’s late after they’ve left, know I’m going home and cooking and then washing the dishes,” he told PEOPLE in September. rice field.
“Then, over dinner, of course, we discuss what happened that day, because sometimes it’s easier to offer suggestions at that time. liftedAnd maybe you’d like to see this differently.
The show premiered at the Yale Repertory Theater in 1987 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1990. The story of the Charles family and their debate over the future of the piano, an heirloom decorated with the designs of their enslaved ancestors, is told.
piano lesson It’s the highest-grossing revival of the season, according to production representatives. In addition to Samuel, actor and former footballer John David Washington (who is also Denzel’s son to Washington) is also in the cast. purple color Star Daniel Brooks.
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It will be Samuel’s first return to the Broadway stage in over a decade.
piano lessonIt’s a moment that comes full circle, especially for the actor who played the role of Boy Willie (now played by Washington) when the show premiered at the Yale Repertory Theater in 1987. He stood in for the play when it went to Broadway.
And for Ratania, directing Wilson’s play was a “dream of a lifetime.”