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John David Washington, Samuel L. Jackson & More Promote Their Broadway Play 'The Piano Lesson'

The cast of The Piano Lesson are hyping up their upcoming play!

Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, Danielle Brooks, Constanza Romero, Michael Potts, April Matthis, Trai Byers, and Ray Fisher joined director LaTanya Richardson Jackson (and Samuel‘s wife) for the a press conference and photo call held at The Skylark on Wednesday (September 7) in New York City.

The August Wilson play is set in the 1930s in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, where 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. Only by revisiting history can the siblings endeavor to move forward.

“I feel like I’m in grad school,” John shared during the press conference. “This is an education for me. I feel like I’m becoming a different artist, an artist that I’ve been wanting to be.”

Previews for The Piano Lesson start on September 19 at the Barrymore Theatre, and will officially open on October 13.

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Get Your First Look at Chadwick Boseman in His Final Movie, 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'

Netflix has debuted the first look at the upcoming movie Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which is the final film that Chadwick Boseman made before he tragically passed away this summer.

The movie is based on the play by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson and stars Viola Davis in the title role. The film was directed by George C. Wolfe, adapted for the screen by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and produced by Denzel Washington.

Here is the synopsis: Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Davis). Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Boseman) – who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry – spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.

Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige, and Dusan Brown also star in the movie.

Netflix will be releasing the film on December 18 and it’s expected to get a big awards season campaign. Many are already predicting that Chadwick will win a posthumous Oscar for his work in the movie!

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