Fat Ham on Broadway Show Recently Closed
Fat Ham Summary
- Show Status: Recently Closed
- Genre: Play
- Fat Ham is 2 hours 20 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
- 8 Shows per week
- Previews Began: March 21, 2023
- Show Opened: April 12, 2023
- Show Closed: July 2, 2023
A sensitive and self-aware young Black man in search of happiness and liberation faces the ghost of his dead father who shows up demanding that his murder be avenged.
Fat Ham on Broadway Background
Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at The Public Theater. Playwright James Ijames and Director Saheem Ali reinvent Shakespeare's masterpiece Hamlet , creating what The New York Times calls “a hilarious yet profound tragedy smothered in comedy.”
The show is a 2021 Pulitzer-Prize winner that will also be the first produced by Public Theater Productions, which is a for-profit subsidiary of the nonprofit Public Theater.
Under that structure, the Public could make money if “Fat Ham” turns a profit, but the nonprofit has no liability if the show loses money, and no donor funds are involved. A similar financing structure has in the past been used by the Manhattan Theater Club, another prominent New York nonprofit.
Six Pulitzer Prize-winning Play This Season
This show is the sixth Pulitzer Prize-winning play to open on Broadway this season, following “Cost of Living,” “Death of a Salesman,” “The Piano Lesson,” “Topdog/Underdog” and “Between Riverside and Crazy.”
Show Premiered at Wilma Theater, Philadelphia
Fat Ham was commissioned by and received its world premiere as a filmed production at The Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, and went on to win the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It made its New York premiere in the sold-out 2022 run at The Public Theater.
What’s Fat Ham Like?
Betrayal, revenge and daddy issues. Juicy is a queer, Southern college kid, already grappling with some serious questions of identity, when the ghost of his father shows up in their backyard, demanding that Juicy avenge his murder.
Revenge doesn't come easy to Juicy, a sensitive and self-aware young Black man in search of his own happiness and liberation.
From an uproarious family cookout emerges a compelling examination of love and loss, pain and joy.
Is Fat Ham Good for Kids?
The show make be funny but contains adult references that may not be appropriate for children under 16 years of age.
American Airlines Theatre
New York, NY 10019
- Juicy (Hamlet)
- Marcel Spears
- Calvin Leon Smith
- Adrianna Mitchell
- Billy Eugene Jones
- Benja Kay Thomas
- Nikki Crawford
- Chris Herbie Holland
Public Theater Productions
Rashad V. Chambers
- Saheem Ali
- James Ijames