Grammy winner Kandi Burruss has joined the producing team for the upcoming Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama The Piano Lesson. Burruss is best known for performing in the R&B group Xscape, starring in the Real Housewives franchise, and producing Broadway's Thoughts of a Colored Man.
Additional producers of the upcoming play include Brian Anthony Moreland, Sonia Friedman, and Tom Kirdahy.
The show will begin performances September 19 at the St. James Theatre with direction by Tony nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson. Its all-star cast will feature Samuel L. Jackson as Doaker Charles, John David Washington as Boy Willie, Danielle Brooks as Berniece, Trai Byers as Avery, Ray Fisher as Lymon, April Matthis as Grace, and Michael Potts as Wining Boy.
The play is the fourth in Wilson's Century Cycle, which explores the Black experience in every decade of the 20th century with such works as Fences, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and Jitney, among others. The Piano Lesson is set in Pittsburgh's Hill District in 1936, with a brother and sister embroiled in a battle over a family heirloom piano carved with the faces of their ancestors. The upcoming production will be its first Broadway revival.
The creative team includes scenic designer Beowulf Boritt, costume designer Toni-Leslie James, lighting designer Japhy Weideman, sound designer Scott Lehrer, and wig designer Cookie Jordan. Casting is by Calleri, Jensen, Davis.