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Poster for the 2002 Broadway revival
Morning's at Seven is a play by Paul Osborn.

Its plot focuses on four aging sisters living in a small Midwestern town in 1938, and it deals with ramifications within the family when two of them begin to question their lives and decide to make some changes before it’s too late.

The original Broadwaymarker production, directed by Joshua Logan, opened on November 30, 1939 at the Longacre Theatre, where it ran for 44 performances. The cast included Dorothy Gish, Jean Adair, Enid Markey, and Kate McComb.

After 16 previews, the first Broadway revival, directed by Vivian Matalon, opened on April 10, 1980 at the Lyceum Theatre, where it ran for 564 performances. The cast included Nancy Marchand, Maureen O'Sullivan, Elizabeth Wilson, Teresa Wright, Lois DeBanzie, and David Rounds.

In 1982 Matalon directed a television broadcast of the play with O'Sullivan, Wilson, Wright, and Kate Reid replacing Marchand.

After 27 previews, the second Broadway revival, directed by Daniel Sullivan, opened on April 21, 2002 once again at the Lyceum, where it ran for 112 performances. The cast included Elizabeth Franz, Frances Sternhagen, Estelle Parsons, Piper Laurie, Julie Hagerty, Buck Henry, Christopher Lloyd, William Biff McGuire, and Stephen Tobolowsky.

Over the decades since it was written, the play has proven to be a popular choice for regional, community, and summer stock theatre productions.

1980 awards and nominations

  • Tony Award for Best Reproduction (winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play (Vivian Matalon, winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play (David Rounds, winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play (Lois DeBanzie, nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Rounds, winner)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (DeBanzie, winner)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance (winner)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play (Matalon, winner)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design (nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design (nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design (nominee)


2002 nominations

  • Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play (nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play (William Biff McGuire and Stephen Tobolowsky, nominees)
  • Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play (Elizabeth Franz, Estelle Parsons, and Frances Sternhagen, nominees)
  • Tony Award for Best Scenic Design (nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Costume Design (nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play (Daniel Sullivan, nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play (nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Franz, nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design of a Play (nominee)


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