Intimate Apparel will start performances at Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi Newhouse Theater on Jan. 13, 2022. Learn more about the Intimate Apparel opera and Intimate Apparel tickets below.
Lincoln Center Theater originally scheduled Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage to be performed as part of the 2020-2021 season, but 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 Award.
Intimate Apparel follows Esther, a singe African-American woman who is affectionate towards 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?
Lynn Nottage is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, whose works include Sweat and Ruined. For Sweat, New York Theatre Guide said "Ms. Nottage’s writing is so clear and precise that she makes her points quickly."
Intimate Apparel makes Broadway history as the first opera to be commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater. Lynn Nottage writes the libretto, with an original score by Ricky Ian Gordon. Gordon's 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.
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.