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Intimate Apparel

Intimate Apparel

by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage

Based on a Play
Written by a Black Artist

Opening Soon on Broadway

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Intimate Apparel

Intimate Apparel

An opera based on Lynn Nottage’s acclaimed play of the same name.


Set in 1905 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. There is warm affection between her and the Orthodox Jewish man who sells fabrics to her, but any relationship between them, even a touch, is completely forbidden. Seeking love and romance, Esther eventually embarks on a letter writing relationship with a mysterious suitor laboring on the Panama Canal. When he moves to New York they embark on an unhappy marriage, leading Esther to realize that only her self-reliance and certainty of her own worth will see her through life’s challenges.

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Composer and Lyricist
Ricky Ian Gordon


Lynn Nottage

Off-Broadway Premiere

Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
Opening Night
Jan 27, 2022
Original Cast
Dominic Armstrong, Justin Austin, Errin Duane Brooks, Helena Brown, Kearstin Piper Brown, Chanáe Curtis, Adrienne Danrich, Leroy Y. Davis, Matthew Gamble, Arnold Livingston Geis, Christian Mark Gibbs, Tesia Kwarteng, Anna Laurenzo, Justin Lee Miller, Jasmine Muhammad, Naomi Louisa O'Connell, Kimberli Render, Krysty Swann, Chabrelle Williams
Bartlett Sher
Diana McIntyre
Lincoln Center Theater
Musical Director
Steven Osgood
Scenic Design
Michael Yeargan
Costume Design
Catherine Zuber
Lighting Design
Jennifer Tipton
Sound Design
Marc Salzberg
Projection Design
59 Productions
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