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Wilson play will get to Broadway

From Associated Press

“Gem of the Ocean,” the August Wilson play that postponed its New York opening after a major investor pulled out, will arrive Dec. 6 on Broadway now that new financing has come through.

Preview performances begin Nov. 23 at the Walter Kerr Theatre, Carol Fineman, a spokeswoman for the production, said Monday.

The play will be presented by Carole Shorenstein Hays and Jujamcyn Theaters, both long associated with Wilson’s plays.

“Gem of the Ocean” originally was scheduled to open Nov. 11, but never even began previews in New York after it was discovered that nearly $1 million was still needed to cover the show’s more than $2 million in production costs. The play, seen at the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. last year, stars Phylicia Rashad.

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