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About Lackawanna Blues on Broadway

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.

Start date

September 14th, 2021

End date

October 31st, 2021



Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson returns for the Broadway debut of his brilliant solo play celebrating the strong, big-hearted woman who raised him: Miss Rachel.

170 Reviews

John Ned

John Ned

172 Reviews | 183 Followers
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Very touching

See it if you want to be transported to long ago Lackawanna NY in a loving tribute to the woman who raised R. Santiago-Hudson. Great storytelling

Don’t see it if one actor switching character abruptly confuses you too much. The wonderful acting helps greatly but you may find this type of show dizzying

Elisa 9119

Elisa 9119

614 Reviews | 286 Followers
Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Exquisite guitar playin&grt lighting mix flawlessly w a heartfelt memoir told in an easily malleable voice,on themes of hope, community&life

Don’t see it if The too many voices of one, at times, may be difficult to follow.

Wish I Could See Them All

Wish I Could See Them All

802 Reviews | 253 Followers
Great acting, Masterful, Soulful, Heartwarming, Touching

See it if Virtuosic solo performance full of love and admiration. Captivating vignettes. Flavorful blues guitar accompaniment.

Don’t see it if You don’t enjoy solo actors playing many roles. It bogs down a little in the middle.

beth 42

beth 42

287 Reviews | 124 Followers
Must see, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you like one man shows or want to hear a beautiful story of a woman who touched so many lives. I think this show is for everyone.

Don’t see it if If you want to see a musical or don't want to see a one person playing numerous characters.

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Lackawanna Blues on Broadway cast and creative team

By: Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Songs by: Bill Sims Jr.
Director: Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Cast list: Ruben Santiago-Hudson


261 West 47th Street, New York, NY, United States, 10036


Elevator access, wheelchair access, assisted listening devices, on-demand closed captioning, open captioning, audio description, Braille and large print Playbills

More information about Lackawanna Blues on Broadway

In 1950s Buffalo a big-hearted woman known as “Miss Rachel” threw open the doors of her boarding house to anyone and everyone in need — including a young Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Now a Tony Award winning legend of the stage, Santiago-Hudson returns to Broadway to play both “Miss Rachel” and over 20 other characters in his play Lackawanna Blues, a new solo work which he also wrote and directed. Lackawanna Blues tickets will be available soon. Set an alert for Lackawanna Blues Broadway tickets.

With Lackawanna Blues on Broadway, this singular artist celebrates the kind, strong woman who raised him, and the enduring power of compassion. He is joined by Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Junior Mack, performing original music by legendary blues composer Bill Sims, Jr.. Santiago-Hudson’s tour-de-force performance will mark the first Broadway production by a non-profit company since the shutdown of March 2020.

Lackawanna Blues made its world premiere off-Broadway in 2001 at The Public Theater. A film adaptation was later released by HBO in 2005. The MTC production marks the play’s Broadway debut.

What to Watch For

  • Lackawanna Blues re-opens Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway. Ruben Santiago-Hudson recently joined MTC’s leadership team as an artistic advisor.
  • Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe programmed Lackawanna Blues at The Public Theater in 2001, where he was artistic director at the time. Wolfe later directed the film adaptation. Santiago-Hudson and Wolfe re-teamed on last year’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom for Netflix.
  • Both Santiago-Hudson and composer Bill Sims, Jr. won OBIE Award special citations for the show’s 2001 off-Broadway production.
  • Bill Sims, Jr. performed his own music nightly in the original production. Sims, Jr. died in 2019 — on Broadway, his compositions will be performed by Junior Mack.
  • Celebrated stage and screen actress S. Epatha Merkerson played the role of “Miss Rachel” in the play’s 2005 HBO film adaptation.


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