Nia Vardalos’ New Tiny Beautiful Things Opens Today

News   Tiny Beautiful Things Opens December 7
Nia Vardalos embodies Cheryl Strayed in the world-premiere production at the Public Theater.
Natalie Woolams-Torres, Nia Vardalos, and Alfredo Narciso in the 2016 production Joan Marcus

The world premiere of Tiny Beautiful Things, based on the acclaimed book of the same name by Cheryl Strayed, officially opens at the Public Theater December 7. The new work is adapted for the stage by Oscar-nominated writer Nia Vardalos and is co-conceived by Marshall Heyman and Hamilton Tony winner Thomas Kail, who also directs.

Vardalos stars as Sugar, the anonymous online advice columnist—revealed to be Strayed—who thousands of people have turned to for words of wisdom, honesty, and hope. The show began performances November 15 and has been extended to play through December 31.

“As anonymous readers come to her with their deepest and most personal problems, Sugar—who ultimately revealed herself to be Strayed—finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with theirs, creating a beloved column about the monstrous beauty, endless dark and glimmering light at the heart of being human,“ read production notes from the Public Theater.

The cast also features Phillip James Brannon (Nat Turner In Jerusalem), Alfredo Narciso (The Motherf***er With The Hat), and Natalie Woolams-Torres (The Taming of the Shrew), playing multiple letter writers to the online advice columnist Sugar, played by Vardalos. Miriam Silverman is the cover for Sugar and performed the role November 20 and 27.

Scroll through photos of the show below:

Tickets can be accessed by calling (212) 967-7555,, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater, located at 425 Lafayette Street. Post-show talkbacks with the creative team are scheduled to take place immediately following the performances November 29 and December 14.

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