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Watch Now: Rita Moreno Stops by The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window

On Tuesday, May 16, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award winner Rita Moreno attended Lorraine Hansberry’s The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window after originating the role of Iris in the original Broadway production in 1964. This was the first time Moreno had seen the show from the audience since the original premiere over 50 years ago.

Currently nominated for a 2023 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window is directed by Anne Kauffman and stars Oscar Isaac (Sidney) and Rachel Brosnahan (Iris). The Broadway run comes directly from a sold-out and highly acclaimed run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). The strictly limited engagement will run at the James Earl Jones Theatre through July 2, 2023.

Joining Isaac (Sidney Brustein) and Brosnahan (Iris Brustein) is the complete cast from the BAM production, including Gus Birney (Gloria Parodus), Julian De Niro (Alton Scales), Glenn Fitzgerald (David Ragin), Andy Grotelueschen (Wally O’Hara), 2023 Tony Award nominee Miriam Silverman (Mavis Parodus Bryson), Raphael Nash Thompson (Max). The understudy company features Joey Auzenne, Katya Campbell, Gregory Connors, and Brontë England Nelson.

Welcome to 1960s Greenwich Village, where loudly proclaimed progressive dreams wage war with reality. This razor-sharp tragicomical satire of “astonishing force” (The Chicago Tribune) invites us into the apartment of Sidney and Iris Brustein and the diverse and passionate social circle that inhabits it. As a rapidly changing world brings uninvited cynicism to their door, the Brusteins fight to keep their marriage – with all its crackling wit, passion, and casual cruelty – from being the final sacrifice to Sidney’s ideals.

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