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Intimate Apparel
Intimate Apparel Tickets

Intimate Apparel Tickets

New York
13 Jan 2022 - 6 Mar 2022
Lynn Nottage adapts her iconic play into a brand new opera.
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Intimate Apparel Information

Intimate Apparel will start performances at Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi Newhouse Theater on Jan. 13, 2022. Check back for information on Intimate Apparel tickets on New York Theatre Guide. 

Lincoln Center Theater originally scheduled Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel to be performed as part of the 2020-2021 season, but the show was postponed due to the pandemic. However, this new work from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright will now be brought to life in spring 2022. The opera production of Intimate Apparel is inspired by Nottage's 2003 play of the same name, which won best Off-Broadway play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. 

The Intimate Apparel opera is set in 1905, when a single African American woman named Esther moves to New York to pursue a job as a seamstress and gain independence. She's nonetheless eager to fall in love, however, and she finds herself being affectionate toward the Orthodox Jewish man who sells her fabric. Any courting between them is forbidden, and they'll both be ridiculed by their respective communities. Eventually, they get married, but can they love each other, or does the romance fizzle out? The story, which first appeared in Nottage's original play, is inspired by the life of Nottage's great-grandmother.

Lynn Nottage is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright for her works Sweat and Ruined, and her other plays include By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, and Clyde's, which is premiering on Broadway two months before Intimate Apparel premieres off Broadway. About the 2016 Broadway production of Sweat, New York Theatre Guide said, "Ms. Nottage's writing is so clear and precise that she makes her points quickly." 

Intimate Apparel makes history as the first opera to be commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater. Nottage's libretto comes together with an original score by Ricky Ian Gordon, whose work includes My Life With Albertine, which starred Kelli O'Hara. The score for Intimate Apparel incorporates a variety of genres that are time-appropriate for 1900s New York — expect a mixture of ragtime, music hall, and cakewalk. LCT resident director Bartlett Sher, who has helmed such LCT productions as My Fair LadySouth Pacific, and Oslo, directs the production.

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Set in turn of the century New York, Intimate Apparel tells the story of Esther, a lonely, single African-American woman who makes her living sewing beautiful corsets and ladies’ undergarments.  Seeking love and romance, Esther embarks on a letter writing relationship with a mysterious suitor laboring on the Panama Canal, and realizes that only her self-reliance and certainty of her own worth will see her through life’s challenges.

Run time

2h 30m (one intermission)

Opening date

January 13th, 2022

Closing date

March 6th, 2022


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Previews from

January 13th, 2022


Lincoln Center Theater - Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater

Cast and creative

By: Music by Ricky Ian Gordon and a Libretto by Lynn Nottage, based on her critically acclaimed play
Director: Bartlett Sher
Producer: Lincoln Center Theater and the Metropolitan Opera
Cast list: Justin Austin (George Armstrong), Kearstin Piper Brown (Esther), Adrienne Danrich (Mrs. Dickson), Arnold Livingston Geis (Mr. Marks), Naomi Louisa O’Connell (Mrs. Van Buren) and Krysty Swann (Mayme) with Dominic Armstrong, Errin Duane Brooks, Helena Brown, Chanáe Curtis, Adrienne Danrich, Leroy Y. Davis, Matthew Gamble, Christian Mark Gibbs, Tesia Kwarteng, Anna Laurenzo, Justin Lee Miller, Jasmine Muhammad and Kimberli Render.
Design: Michael Yeargan
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
Costume: Catherine Zuber
Choreography: Dianne McIntyre
Sound: Marc Salzberg
Other info: Music Direction by Steven Osgood and Projections by 59 Productions

Our review

<span style="color:#000000"Intimate Apparel<span style="color:#000000", Lynn Nottage's heartbreaking chamber play, returns to New York as a resplendent opera that magnifies the scale of the original without losing its razor-sharp critique of the toll that women pay for unequal relationships. <span style="color:#000000"What is most remarkable about the new production, which is presented at Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, is that it continues to function as a play. There is no...

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