- CHARITY BENEFIT
To help celebrate Fashion’s Night Out (and preceding their appearance in the October issue of Vogue, photographed by Norman Jean Roy) the stars of the Broadway premiere of The Mountaintop, Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, will make their first public appearance together on Thursday evening, September 8th. Following their rehearsal, Jackson and Bassett will sit down with Adam Green, contributing editor for Vogue, at the Giorgio Armani boutique (760 Madison Avenue) to discuss their eagerly anticipated return to the stage this October in Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winning play.
The Mountaintop, directed by Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun), will begin performances on September 22, 2011, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street), with an official opening on Thursday, October 13, 2011.
Taking place on April 3, 1968, The Mountaintop is a gripping reimagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After delivering his legendary “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, an exhausted Dr. King (Samuel L. Jackson) retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger (Angela Bassett) arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people.
The Mountaintop is produced by Jean Doumanian, Sonia Friedman Productions, and Ambassador Theatre Group.