See the Manhattan Theater Club celebrate the Broadway premiere of Lackawanna Blues

Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson returned to the main stem with his one-man Broadway show debut, Lackawanna Blues, September 14. To commemorate the occasion, the Manhattan Theater Club held a dedication ceremony at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater, officially welcoming audiences back to the theater.

Written, performed and directed by Santiago-Hudson, Lackawanna Blues takes place in a 1950s boarding house outside of Buffalo. The artist brings over 20 characters to life in the solo performance, celebrating the stay-at-home mom who raised him, Miss Rachel. Production is set to officially open on September 28.

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See the Manhattan Theater Club celebrate the Broadway premiere of Lackawanna Blues

The show features original music by Bill Sims Jr., performed live by Grammy-nominated blues guitarist Junior Mack.

The creative team includes set designer Michael Carnahan, costume designer Karen Perry, lighting designer Jen Schriever and sound designer Darron L West.

Lakawanna Blues premiered Off-Broadway in 2001 and was adapted into a TV movie in 2005. Santiago-Hudson made her Broadway debut in 1992 in Jelly’s Last Jam and won a Tony Award in 1996 for his performance in seven guitars. He should direct Dominique Morisseau’s film Skeleton crew— also at the Manhattan Theater Club — in 2022.