August Wilson's Jitney on Broadway - Tickets - Show Summary - Photos
Show Summary - August Wilson's Jitney Jitney is the eighth play in August Wilson’s 10-play “Pittsburgh Cycle,” which also includes such works as Fences, Radio Golf, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Seven Guitars, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, and Two Trains Running. Each of these plays is set in Pittsburgh over one specific decade of the twentieth century, telling a story about the African American experience at that time. Jitney is set in the 1970s, and the setting is a worn-down gypsy cab station. Jitney is also the only one of these ten plays that has never before played on Broadway – until now.The first time a play by August Wilson was produced on Broadway was the 1984 production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The world premiere of Jitney took place in 1982 in a small theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, followed by a larger scale premiere in 1996. Over the next four years, there were 20 productions of the play across the nation, while Wilson continued to refine the writing. The New York premiere took place in 2000 at the Off-Broadway Second Stage Theatre, followed by a run at the Union Square Theater. In fall 2001, the play had a run at London’s National Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, and won the Olivier Award for Best Play. Now for the first time, the play is premiering on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in a Manhattan Theatre Club production.
Noteworthy Dates For The Show Previews Begin: 12/28/16
Show Opens: 01/19/17
Show Closes: 04/16/17
Number of Performances: 8 Performances per week
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Should You See August Wilson's Jitney On Broadway?
What Is August Wilson's Jitney Like? This production of Jitney is historic, as it is the first time this play has had a Broadway run, and it is also the last of August Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle” to do so. August Wilson is a brilliant playwright, one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. The last production of one of his works to play on Broadway was Fences (2010), starring Denzel Washington. Previously, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone played in 2009, and Radio Golf played in 2007. His works have won countless awards, including a Tony Award for Fences, and a Pulitzer Prize for both Fences and The Piano Lesson. This production of Jitney is directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, whose previous Broadway credits include Stick Fly, Gem of the Ocean, Seven Guitars, and Jelly’s Last Jam. As the third Broadway production of an August Wilson play directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, this is an unmissable show.
Is August Wilson's Jitney Good for Kids? This show is most appropriate for those over the age of 10. Children under the age of 4 will not be permitted in the theatre.
Harvy Blanks plays Shealy
Michael Potts plays Turnbo
Ray Anthony Thomas plays Philmore
Andre Holland plays Youngblood
Brandon J. Dirden plays Booster
Carra Patterson plays Rena
Keith Randolph Smith plays Doub
John Douglas Thompson plays Becker
Anthony Chisholm plays Fielding
Show Duration: August Wilson's Jitney is 2 hours and 25 minutes, inluding one intermission.
Manhattan Theatre Club
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General Manager: Florie Seery at Manhattan Theatre Club Company Manager: Erin Moeller at Manhattan Theatre Club Casting Director:
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Play - Revival - Broadway Premiere
Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Direction)
August Wilson (Author)
David Gallo (Set Design)
Toni-Leslie James (Costume Design)
Jane Cox (Lighting)
Bill Sims Jr (Original Music)
Darron L. West (Sounds)
Parking For This Theatre: The closest parking garage for the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre is located at:
ICON Alva 47 Parking
257 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
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219-249 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036
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A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.