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Danielle Brooks

Watch Now: Danielle Brooks Talks The Piano Lesson with Seth Meyers

Danielle Brooks currently stars in the revival of The Piano Lesson on Broadway, which recently became the highest-grossing August Wilson play in Broadway history, and stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday night. Hear Brooks discuss working with married duo Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson, how she tried to get her daughter a role in the upcoming musical movie adaptation of The Color Purple, and more.

The Piano Lesson, currently playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, is directed by Tony Award nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson – who is making her Broadway directorial debut and is the first woman to ever direct an August Wilson play on Broadway – and stars Samuel L. Jackson as Doaker Charles, John David Washington as Boy Willie, and Danielle Brooks as Berniece. The cast also features Trai Byers as Avery, Ray Fisher as Lymon, April Matthis as Grace, Michael Potts as Wining Boy, and Nadia Daniel and Jurnee Swan as Maretha at alternating performances.

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. 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.”

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