My Name is Lucy Barton on Broadway: Show Is Now Closed

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My Name is Lucy Barton Summary

  • Show Status: Closed
  • Genre: Play
  • My Name is Lucy Barton is 1 Hour and 30 Minutes long
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: January 4, 2020
  • Show Opened : January 15, 2020
  • Show Closed: March 1, 2020

Based on the 2016 novel of the same name, this solo performance retells one woman's forgotten childhood stories of trauma and the attempt to unlock her mind to find the solace she needs.

My Name is Lucy Barton on Broadway Background

My Name is Lucy Barton is based on the Elizabeth Strout novel which reenacts stories from the childhood of the main character, Lucy Barton. Elizabeth Strout is a modern day American author with accolades that include a Pulitzer Prize. The story is loosely based on the writer’s own experiences as a child. In the show, Barton recovers from a risky medical operation and takes an opportunity to reflect on her life. The four time Tony nominee and three time Academy Award winning actress Laura Linney plays both parts in this show. She delivers lines for both Lucy Barton and her talkative mother, Jennifer. Linny is able to change her voice and demeanor to allow the audience to differentiate between the two distinct characters. Richard Eyre, the director of the show, was awarded a membership in the Order of the Companions of Honour in 2017 for services to drama, an outstanding achievement for anyone in the Commonwealth states. He also directed the show in London in June of 2018 and early 2019.

What's My Name is Lucy Barton Like?

Set in a modern hospital bed, Lucy Barton, who left home after high school and has not looked back since, awakens after surgery only to find her estranged mother sitting at the foot of the bed. Barton’s mother decides to entertain her to keep her occupied and so she tells stories of what she remembers of Lucy’s childhood. Growing up impoverished and mostly alone in rural Illinois, she now recalls and retells traumatic memories that her daughter has forgotten. Lucy is reminded that she was regularly locked in a truck as punishment by her father, became friends with a tree and she now notices a common theme of loneliness in her life. Reflecting on chilling memories of her abusive father now helps her define her various paternal-like relationships with her husband and the other men in her life. Hearing these stories from another perspective, allows Lucy back into her childhood. She is remembering what she has intentionally chosen to forget. Lucy comes to realize that while all these memories are unpleasant for her, they have shaped her into becoming a thoughtful and kind-hearted wife and mother. Critics of the show have indicated that they feel that Jennifer Barton is actually a figment of Lucy Barton's imagination.

Is My Name is Lucy Barton Good for Kids?

This show is appropriate for children 13 and older.

Theatre Information

Samuel J Friedman Theatre

261 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 650
Entrance: 47th Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway
Theatre Information

Samuel J Friedman Theatre Seating Chart

My Name is Lucy Barton Marquee

My Name is Lucy Barton Marquee

Cast Members

Lucy Barton
Laura Linney
Jennifer Barton
Laura Linney


Manhattan Theatre Club

Production Credits

Associate Producer
Penguin Random House Audio
General Manager
Manhattan Theatre Club
Press Agent
Original Producer
London Theatre Company

Creative Team

Elizabeth Strout
Richard Eyre
Settings and Costumes
Bob Crowley
Peter Mumford
John Leonard
Luke Halls