Lackawanna Blues - written, performed, and directed by Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Monday, July 26, 2021

Lackawanna Blues - written, performed, and directed by Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Audience Rewards Presale Begins Monday, August 2 at 10AM

Single Tickets On Sale Beginning Tuesday, August 10 at 10AM


Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office Now Open


Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce that tickets are on sale now for Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues, written, performed, and directed by Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (August Wilson’s Jitney, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Netflix).


As the official card sponsor of Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Lackawanna Blues, American Express® card members have access to exclusive presale tickets before the general public, now through Monday, August 2 at 9:59 am EDT at or at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office.


Presale tickets for Lackawanna Blues are available exclusively to Audience Rewards® members from Monday, August 2 at 10:00 am EDT through Monday, August 9 at 9:59 am EDT. It's free and fast to join at


Audience Rewards® is the Official Rewards Program of Broadway & the Arts™. It's a standing ovation for ticket buyers across the nation. Earn valuable ShowPoints every time you buy tickets to participating theatrical productions, live entertainment, and more. Save money by redeeming ShowPoints for free tickets to the events you love or, even better, securing unique experiences and merchandise exclusively curated for Audience Rewards® members.


Tickets are on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, August 10 at 10:00am ET online at, by phone at 212-239-6200, or at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office.


The safety and peace of mind of all theatergoers, artists, and staff are MTC’s top priorities. During the months the theatres have been dark, MTC has been working diligently with air-quality experts at both of their venues, Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and Off-Broadway's NY City Center Stage I to ensure the highest air quality through enhanced ventilation systems. MTC has also instituted rigorous cleaning and disinfection protocols before and after each performance.  All measures will be taken to re-open and maintain the theatres responsibly.


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Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson returns to MTC for the Broadway debut of his brilliant solo play celebrating the strong, big-hearted woman who raised him: Miss Rachel. In a 1950s boarding house outside Buffalo, Nanny, as she was affectionately called, opened her doors to anyone and everyone in need of kindness, hope, compassion, and care. Giving a tour-de-force performance accompanied by live music written by acclaimed composer Bill Sims Jr. and performed by Blues Hall of Fame Guitarist Junior Mack, Santiago-Hudson embodies more than 20 vibrant characters, creating a richly textured reminiscence that’s inspiring, uplifting, and right at home on Broadway.


The creative team includes Michael Carnahan (scenic design), Karen Perry (costume design), Jen Schriever (lighting design), and Darron L West (sound design).


Lackawanna Blues runs for approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.



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