Manhattan Theatre Club Extends Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s LACKAWANNA BLUES through Nov. 7

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director and Barry Grove, Executive Producer) is extending the critically-acclaimed Broadway premiere of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues, which began performances at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) on September 14, and will continue through November 7.

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.

Junior Mack and Ruben Santiago-Hudson at the first preview curtain call of Lackawanna Blues at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York on September 14, 2021. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

Tickets for Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues are available online at, by phone at 212-239-6200, or in person at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street).

To sign up for MTC’s “30 Under 35” program, offering $30 tickets for theatregoers age 35 and under, visit


·TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday at 2pm; Thursday at 7pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm

·TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24: Tuesday-Thursday at 7pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm; Sunday at 2pm

·TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31: Tuesday at 7pm; Thursday at 7pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm

·TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7: Tuesday-Thursday at 7pm; Friday and Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, an Award winning filmmaker and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. Her short film, When the World Was Young, written and directed by Garth Kravits, recently garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations.

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