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Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington and Danielle Brooks star in the revival of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Flashing lights and fog/haze are used in this production.

This show is closed.

Performances ended on Jan. 29, 2023.

About the Show

2 hours 20 minutes, including one intermission.
Recommended for ages 12 and up. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted.
Previews: Sep 19, 2022 • Opening: Oct 13, 2022 • Closing: Jan 29, 2023


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. The Piano Lesson, wrote Frank Rich in The New York Times, “has its own spacious poetry, its own sharp angle on a nation's history, its own metaphorical idea of drama and its own palpable ghosts that roar right through the upstairs window of the household where the action unfolds. Like other Wilson plays, The Piano Lesson seems to sing even when it is talking.”

Broadway Plays Stars on Stage Drama Award Winning

"A rich, sublime, blisteringly acted drama."

New York Post

Johnny Oleksinski

"In a word, magnificent. The performances are so exciting that we don't want them to stop."

The New Yorker

Helen Shaw


Ethel Barrymore Theatre
243 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
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5 Wheelchair seats, 11 Aisle Transfer Arms, 26 Companion Seats
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