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Fat Ham Summary

  • Show Status: Opening Soon
  • Genre: Play
  • Fat Ham is 2 hours 20 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Begin: March 21, 2023
  • Show Opens: April 12, 2023
  • Show Closes: August 6, 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.”

Show Producers

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.

Theatre Information

American Airlines Theatre

227 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 740
Entrance: 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
Theatre Information

American Airlines Theatre Seating Chart

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Cast Members

Juicy (Hamlet)
MARCEL SPEARS
Larry
CALVIN LEON SMITH
Opal
ADRIANNA MITCHELL
Rev/Pap
BILLY EUGENE JONES
Rabby
BENJA KAY THOMAS
Tedra
NIKKI CRAWFORD
Tio
CHRIS HERBIE HOLLAND

Producers

Public Theater Productions

Rashad V. Chambers

No Guarantees

Christine Schwarzman

Production Credits

Director
Saheem Ali

Creative Team

Playwright
James Ijames