Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson returns to the main stage after premiering his solo exhibition Lackawanna Blues on Broadway. The production of the Manhattan Theatre Club officially opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on October 7. It had to be postponed due to Hudson’s injury in San Diego.
Lackawanna Blues is set in a 1950s boarding house outside Buffalo. Santiago-Hudson wrote, performed, and directed it. The artist brought more than 20 characters to life in a solo performance to celebrate Miss Rachel, the family mother who raised him. Bill Sims Jr. and was performed on stage by Grammy-nominated blues guitarist Junior Mack.
The creative team includes scenic designer Michael Carnahan, costume designer Karen Perry, lighting designer Jen Schriever, and sound designer Darron L West. Lackawanna Blues premiered Off-Broadway in 2001 and was adapted into a TV movie in 2005. San Diego Hudson made his Broadway debut in Jelly’s Last Jam in 1992 and won the 1996 Tony Award for his performance on seven guitars. He plans to direct Dominic Moriso’s Skeleton Crew at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2022. The Broadway preview of Lakwana Blues began on September 14.
Lackawanna Blues finally returns
Ruben Santiago-Hudson suffered a back injury that caused the Lakwana Blues. So, the weekend show to be canceled on September 24. The show will return on September 28, the opening night originally announced. The show has now officially opened on September 30. The play was written, performed, and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Original music created by Bill Sims Jr. It was played on stage by Grammy Award-nominated blues guitarist Junior Mack. Santiago-Hudson contains more than 20 characters. The Lackawanna Blues is located in a 1950s dormitory on the outskirts of Buffalo. Miss Rachel opens the door to anyone who needs kindness, hope, sympathy, and care.
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