The Mountaintop

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre |  Broadway  |  October 2011

A play (winner of the 2010 Olivier Award) by Katori Hall

Directed by Kenny Leon

Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett

Taking place on April 3, 1968, The Mountaintop is a gripping reimagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious young woman named Camae delivers room service, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people. (Read more at

 “Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett are the king and queen of Broadway.”

- Entertainment Weekly

“Soul-stirring and eye-opening.”

- The Daily News

“The prospect of a Broadway play about Martin Luther King threatens to be as earnest as an after-school special or as nobly stone-faced as the new MLK monument in Washington. So it's a relief, not to mention a thrill, to report that Katori Hall's The Mountaintop — which arrives with powerful fistfuls of sparky chemistry between Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett — crackles with theatricality and a humanity more moving than sainthood.”

- Newsday

The Mountaintop is a thrilling, wonderful, provocative flight.”