Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Final Extension for Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues - AmNews Curtain Raiser


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Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Final Extension for Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues


Manhattan Theatre Club

Announces Final Extension for

Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s

Lackawanna Blues

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are thrilled to announce that Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues will add additional performances on Tuesday, November 9 at 7PM, Wednesday, November 10 at 2PM, Thursday, November 11 at 7PM and Friday, November 12 at 8PM at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues opened to critical acclaim:


CRITICS’ PICK! “A soulful master class in storytelling.”

-       Maya Phillips, The New York Times


“A funny and lively celebration.”

-       Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune


"When Ruben Santiago-Hudson is performing, it is a "MUST-GO" moment, but when he is performing a one-man autobiographical play, that he wrote and directed, it's a "DON'T WALK, RUN TO THE THEATRE" moment!”

-       Linda Armstrong, New York Amsterdam News


“Superb! Bursting with weeping, laughing, explosive life.”

-       Helen Shaw, New York Magazine


“The most honest show in New York right now. One feels honored to have witnessed Lackawanna Blues.”

-       Juan A. Ramirez, Theatrely


“Just the kind of life-affirming show we need right now.”

-       Marilyn Stasio, Variety


“A spellbinding masterpiece! Junior Mack is excellent.”

-       David Rothenberg, WBAI


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 for Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues includes Michael Carnahan (scenic design), Karen Perry (costume design), Jen Schriever (lighting design), and Darron L West (sound design); with music performed by Junior Mack and original music by Bill Sims Jr. Kamra A. Jacobs is the Production Stage Manager.



MTC has aligned with our Broadway colleagues in setting safety protocols. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test and a valid I.D. will be required to enter the theatre. Masks must be worn at all times. For more specific information go to:

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