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About Lackawanna Blues

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Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson writes, directs and stars in Lackawanna Blues, a moving, inspiring solo work that will re-open Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Lackawanna Blues tickets in New York are on sale now.

Lackawanna Blues traces Santiago-Hudson's relationship with "Miss Rachel" — or Nanny, as she was affectionately known — the kind, big-hearted woman who raised him. Nanny opened the doors of her boarding house outside Buffalo, New York to anyone and everyone in need of help, including a young Santiago-Hudson. Now he plays Nanny and over 20 other characters in his remembrance of the compassionate, caring woman who raised him.

Santiago-Hudson's play celebrates the enduring power of compassion, and creates a richly textured reminisce of his youth that resonates powerfully today. Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Junior Mack joins him on-stage to perform original compositions by acclaimed blues composer Bill Sims, Jr.

Lackawanna Blues premiered off-Broadway at The Public Theater in 2001, also performed then by Santiago-Hudson, joined on stage by composer Sims, Jr. Both won OBIE Award special citations for the production. It was later adapted into a film for HBO, with legendary stage actress S. Epatha Merkerson as Nanny. Lackawanna Blues now makes its Broadway debut in the fall 2021 season.

The New York Times described Santiago-Hudson's performance in 2001 as a "virtuoso turn," and the play as a "winning effort" which conjures "a community where everyone is welcome and no one should feel out of place." Reviewing a 2019 revival, Charles McNulty in The Los Angeles Times said Santiago-Hudson "conjures multitudes with his rich memory and malleable's his talent for vividly conjuring a way of life that enthralls."

Tickets to Lackawanna Blues are on sale now.

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

616 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

803 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 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

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.


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