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Bernard B Jacobs Theater

242 W. 45th Street

Ninety minutes (no intermission)

October 13, 2011 (Closing - January 15, 2012)

Broadway Play (Drama)

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Wed & Sat 2pm
Sun 3pm

Tue 7pm
Wed through Sat 8pm

The Mountaintop Broadway play is sure to be a highlight for the 2011 fall season. Fall on Broadway is all about fresh faces, new shows, interesting stories and intriguing characters. Just like every other fall season, 2011 has some great works hitting the big stage. The work is written by young American, journalist and actress and playwright Katori Hall from Memphis, Tennessee. She told a fictional depiction of the Reverend Martin Luther King's last night alive, soon after his iconic historical "Mountaintop" speech. The play had a very successful run in 2009 at London's Theatre503 where it sold out. The play then transferred to the West End's Trafalgar Studios where it was honored with the Oliver Award for Best New Play. The Broadway production brings a couple huge Hollywood names to the marquee. Samuel L. Jackson is slated to make his Broadway debut in the role of Dr. Martin Luther King with co-star Angela Bassett. Halle Berry was originally cast for the role of Camae but had to decline due to her ongoing child custody battles. The Mountaintop tickets are on sale now for all performances, including current previews.

Hall's story is a re-imagining of the last night King spent on earth. The story takes place at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis the night after his famous "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. A young mysterious woman comes to his room for room service, and King is forced to debate and review his past, his movement and the future of civil rights in America. Hall has been met with some criticism and controversy for her exploration into the parts of King's life many would rather leave go. Still, the playwright is trying to show we all are human, capable of minor mistakes, which can lead to great successes and importance, even alter history for the better.

Samuel L. Jackson's Broadway debut is sure to put this play on the map. Taking on such a "larger than life" character such as Martin Luther King is no easy task. It is not just the fact that many people, followers of his message, will be judging very tightly but rather than King is a tough study. His voice and articulations are not easy to imitate nor recreate especially on a stage. Mr. Jackson has shown strong interest in the role for wanting to teach and educate the younger generations on the importance of Martin Luther King's message and movement. If anyone can pull it off it is sure to be Mr. Jackson, and the role has the great potential to be something very special. Jackson's only Broadway credits include an understudy in The Piano Lesson and an off-Broadway credit in the original production of A Soldier's Play.

The Mountaintop Broadway play is currently in previews at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The official opening night scheduled for October 13. The Mountaintop Broadway production is a limited run set for final curtain on January 15, 2012. This is sure to be one of the highly anticipated play openings for fall 2011 on Broadway. With its established success over in London and Hollywood heavyweights taking the stage in New York it is likely quickly to become a "must see" for Broadway. You can view our huge selection of The Mountaintop Broadway tickets online by clicking the link.

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