The final show of the 2022–23 Broadway season, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, held a special gala performance May 4 with a star-studded afterparty at Virgin Hotels. Among the attendees were Jordan E. Cooper, Julianne Hough, Jeremy O. Harris, Wendell Pierce, and Steven Pasquale. Check out the photos below to get an inside glimpse of the evening.
The 2023 Tony-nominated revival of Lorraine Hansberry's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window opened at the James Earl Jones Theatre April 27. The production held a separate press opening May 5 to allow additional time for critics to catch performances. Starring Oscar Isaac and Rachel Brosnahan, the play was a last-minute addition to the Broadway season, and only began previews April 25.
Isaac and Brosnahan star in the production, which transferred from Brooklyn Academy of Music, as Sidney Brustein and Iris Parodus Brustein. Set in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, Hansberry's play portrays a passionate and strained marriage while also delving into the complexities and pitfalls of of predominantly white bohemian intellectualism and activism. Transferring with Isaac and Brosnahan are 2023 Tony nominee Miriam Silverman as Mavis Parodus Bryson, Gus Birney as Gloria Parodus, Julian De Niro as Alton Scales, Glenn Fitzgerald as David Ragin, Andy Grotelueschen as Wally O'Hara, and Raphael Nash Thompson as Max.
Obie and Lortel winner Anne Kauffman (The Thugs, Mary Jane) directs the seldom-seen work after staging a 2016 production at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. Kauffman's Broadway creative team includes scenic designer dots, costume designer Brenda Abbandandolo, lighting designer John Torres, sound designer Bray Poor, hair and wig designer Leah Loukas, and movement director Sonya Tayeh. Ralph Stan Lee is production stage manager, and casting is by Taylor Williams. Arminda Thomas serves as dramaturg.
Lorraine Hansberry died just three months after The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window began its debut on Broadway in 1964. But even in her last days, she was revising the script from her sick bed based on notes brought over from the theatre. The work, in some ways, can be considered unfinished—Hansberry faced so many challenges in its final stages. That’s one of the reasons it’s not as well-known as her A Raisin in the Sun. BAM's production was its first major New York revival—a 1972 Broadway return ran for just 5 performances. The current Broadway bow marks only the second time the work has been revived on the Main Stem.