The play's the thing — again! Less than a year after James Ijames's Fat Ham debuted (and repeatedly extended) at The Public Theater and won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, audiences will get to feast on this show once more when it makes its Broadway debut at the American Airlines Theatre in March 2023. Fat Ham is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, this time featuring a queer college student named Juicy and much more barbecued pork. A four-star review of the show on New York Theatre Guide...
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Following a New York premiere at The Public Theater in May 2022, James Ijames's Pulitzer-winning play Fat Ham is firing up the grill again on Broadway. Get Fat Ham tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
Fat Ham is a play that follows Juicy, a queer, Southern college kid at a family backyard barbecue — specifically, a barbecue that serves as Juicy's mom's and uncle's wedding reception. While there, Juicy plans to avenge his father's murder (at his father's ghost's personal request). His uncle has seemingly committed the crime and certainly married Juicy's mother, in the hopes of getting his hands on Juicy's college fund and the family's restaurant. Juicy is familiar with Hamlet — in which Shakespeare's titular prince gets a visit from his father's ghost and vows revenge on his uncle/stepfather — so he feels like he's living a familiar story.
But unlike Hamlet, Juicy struggles with his queer identity and liberation on top of his new quest, and he has doubts about committing violence to avenge violence. A New York Times review described Fat Ham as a play about "how a Black man — crucially, a gay one — may resist the cycle of inherited trauma even as it tempts him, whether in the form of a ghost or a literary tradition." Fat Ham is a comic tragedy that reexamines Shakespeare's landmark work with modernity and soul food.
Playwright James Ijames is based in Philadelphia, but his work has appeared both in Philly and Off-Broadway in New York. Fat Ham made its world premiere in Philadelphia, although virtually — after the pandemic shut down an in-person production at the Wilma Theater, director Morgan Green filmed the production outdoors instead (on a full-fledged backyard barbecue set) and released it for streaming.
The Public Theater production, Fat Ham's in-person premiere, began three days after the show won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. That run sold out and then some, extending more than once due to demand.
Saheem Ali, who recently directed Jocelyn Bioh's Nollywood Dreams at MCC Theater and helmed the Public's Shakespeare in the Park production of Merry Wives, directed Fat Ham in New York at the Public. He returns to direct Fat Ham on Broadway, which features the entire acclaimed Off-Broadway cast.
Where is Fat Ham playing?
Fat Ham is at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway, located on 42nd Street. The venue is owned by Roundabout Theatre Company, but this production is not affiliated with Roundabout.
How can I get Fat Ham tickets?
Fat Ham tickets are available on New York Theatre Guide. Get Fat Ham Broadway tickets now.
March 21st, 2023
June 25th, 2023
American Airlines Theatre
Cast and creative
By: James Ijames
Director: Saheem Ali
Cast list: Marcel Spears (as Juicy), Nikki Crawford (as Tedra), Chris Herbie Holland (as Tio), Billy Eugene Jones (as Rev/Papp), Adrianna Mitchell (as Opal), Calvin Leon Smith (as Larry), Benja Kay Thomas (as Rabby)
Lighting: Bradley King
Sound: Mikaal Sulaiman
Design: Maruti Evans
Choreography: Darrell Moultrie
Costume: Dominique Fawn Hill
Other info: Hair and wig design by Earon Chew Nealey, illusions by Skylar Fox
Latest Fat Ham on Broadway News & Features
Fire up the grill! After a world-premiere Off-Broadway run, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fat Ham has set a Broadway transfer. Performances will begin at the American Airlines Theatre on March 21 ahead of an April 12 opening night, with the limited engagement running through August 6. James Ijames's play is a send-up of Shakespeare's Hamlet, setting the action at a present-day Southern barbecue. Its central character — a Black, queer man named Juicy — is tasked with killing his uncle to avenge...
Who's ready for a feast? The grill's fired up and a celebration is underway at The Public Theater, where James Ijames's Fat Ham had its live, New York premiere in 2022 and is bringing the barbecue to Broadway in 2023. This send-up of Shakespeare's Hamlet substitutes a Black, queer college kid named Juicy for the Danish prince. They both have similar ambitions of revenge — maybe.Knowing Hamlet isn't necessary to understand Fat Ham: Ijames's play is similar enough that Hamlet fans will find...