• Comedy
  • Drama

Steel Magnolias

By Robert Harling

Directed by Debbie Swann

January 19- February 16

“The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.” – Clairee in Steel Magnolias

Honey. It’s the 1980s. And hairspray is flying at Truvy’s beauty shop where the motto is, “There is no such thing as natural beauty.” Over the buzz of blow dryers, six southern spitfires gather each week to gossip and support each other through thick and thin. From weddings to divorces and from babies to funerals, they weather every event in their lives together with grace, determination, and perfectly coiffed hair. Infused with heart and humor, Steel Magnolias is a touching story of love, loss, and enduring friendship.

Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre, 417 West Magnolia Street

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"Brimming with originality, wit and genuine affection". - New York Times

The Story

Bless your heart, what could be more important than family, friends and good hair? Welcome to Truvy's Beauty Salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. It’s here that they bicker, share beauty tips and recipes, and swap more than an occasional bit of scandalous gossip. They also forge a bond of friendship that carries them through personal triumphs and tragedies. Just like Magnolias, these southern women are delicate, beautiful and ultimately, tough as nails.

“I would rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.”- Shelby "Steel Magnolias"

The Experience

Steel Magnolias serves up a slice of life in Louisiana that's as warm and comforting as sweet potato pie. It is alternately hilarious and touching- and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength of the bonds of friendship.

The film adaptation is a cult classic with dozens of quotable lines, and the live version is something you don’t want to miss. Tease your hair, grab your girlfriends and a box of tissues and head down to the Lincoln Center for a night on the town.  And fellas, don’t worry, you’ll love it too!

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The Creator

Robert Harling is an American Playwright and Screenwriter. Harling wrote Steel Magnolias for the stage in 1987 following the death of his sister due to complications with Diabetes. In 1989 the play was adapted into a screenplay and the film starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley Mcclane, Olympia Dukakis, and Daryl Hannah took the world by storm.

Fun Fact: Robert Harling also wrote the screenplay for The First Wives Club. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Harling_(writer)

Performance Schedule and Ticket Options


  • Fab Friday
  • Matinee Performance
  • Pay What You Can
  • Performance
  • Student/Educator Night
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