The Piano Lesson

Play - Original

Walter Kerr Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview: April 10, 1990
  • Opening Date: April 16, 1990
  • Closing Date: January 27, 1991
  • Previews: 8
  • Performances: 328

Playwright: August Wilson

Synopsis

In 1936 Pittsburgh, Berniece Charles wants to sell the family piano to her daughter, while her brother, Boy Willie, wants to sell it to get money to buy the land their family once worked as slaves.

 

Opening Night Production Credits

August Wilson August Wilson Writer
  Lloyd Richards Director
  E. David Cosier, Jr. Scenic Design
  Constanza Romero Costume Design
Christopher Akerlind Christopher Akerlind Lighting Design
  Tom Clark Sound Design
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Awards


Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1990 Outstanding Actor in a Play Charles S. Dutton Nominee
1990 Outstanding Actress in a Play   Nominee
1990 Outstanding Director of a Play Lloyd Richards Nominee
1990 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Rocky Carroll Nominee
1990 Outstanding New Play   Winner

New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1990 Best Play August Wilson Winner

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1990 Outstanding Debut Performance Rocky Carroll Winner
1990 Outstanding Director Lloyd Richards Nominee
1990 Outstanding New Broadway Play   Nominee

Pulitzer Prize

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama August Wilson Winner

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1990 Theatre World Award Tommy Hollis Winner
1990 Theatre World Award Rocky Carroll Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1990 Actor in a Play Charles S. Dutton Nominee
1990 Direction of a Play Lloyd Richards Nominee
1990 Featured Actor in a Play Rocky Carroll Nominee
1990 Featured Actress in a Play S. Epatha Merkerson Nominee
1990 Play August Wilson Nominee

Grosses

Week Ending Week # This Week Gross
Potential Gross
Diff $ Avg Ticket
Top Ticket
Seats Sold
Seats in Theatre
Perfs
(Prev)
% Cap
This Week
Diff %
Cap
Jan. 27, 1991 34 $172,255
-
$30,591 $26.30
-
6550
949
8
0
86.28% 7.50%
Jan. 20, 1991 33 $141,664
-
$20,712 $23.69
-
5981
949
8
0
78.78% 10.01%
Jan. 13, 1991 32 $120,952
-
-$2,640 $23.17
-
5221
949
8
0
68.77% -0.38%
Jan. 6, 1991 31 $123,592
-
- $23.54
-
5250
949
8
0
69.15% -
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Totals

Last 4 Weeks
  $558,463
-
  $24.17 23002
30368
32
0
75.74 %  
Cumulative
  $6,396,570
-
  $24.63
$0.00
259106
318864
328
8
81.26 %  
 
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