Manhattan Theatre Club Reopens With 1st Performance of Lackawanna Blues
Stars and politicians came out to cut the ribbon outside Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
Manhattan Theatre Club celebrated its grand return to live performances last night at the Samuel J. Friedman, where Ruben Santiago-Hudson performed the first preview of his solo play, Lackawanna Blues. The official opening night will be September 28.
Guests included actors Brian Stokes Mitchell and S. Epatha Merkerson, as well as State Senator Brad Hoylman and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney. The group celebrated the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
Written, performed, and directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, with original music by Bill Sims Jr. performed on stage by Grammy Award-nominated blues guitarist Junior Mack, Lackawanna Blues tells the true story of a big-hearted woman who runs a boarding house outside Buffalo — and who was instrumental in Santiago-Hudson's childhood. The actor-director portrays over 20 vibrant characters over the course of this theatrical tribute with music.
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).
Lackawanna Blues appeared off-Broadway at the Public Theatre in 2001, earning Obie Awards for both Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Bill Sims Jr. According to TheaterMania's review, "The piece shines with the incandescence of a mammoth sun."