The Minutes on Broadway: Show Is Now Closed

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The Minutes Summary

  • Show Status: Closed
  • Genre: Play
  • The Minutes is 1 hour 30 minutes long, and does not have an intermission.
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: March 19, 2022
  • Show Opened : April 7, 2022
  • Show Closed: July 24, 2022

A politically-charged comedic play about a quarrelsome municipal town government meeting which questions social hierarchy and the purpose of government.

The Minutes on Broadway Background

The Minutes is a politically satirical play written by the award winning playwright, Tracy Letts. In 2008, Letts received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for “Best Play” for his play August: Osage County, which tells the tale of a toxic family whose relationships with each other worsen after the death of their patriarch.

Letts has also led an esteemed acting career, and won the Tony Award for “Leading Actor in a Play” for his role as George in the 2013 revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. The Minutes made its world premiere in November, 2017 at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and was met with critical success and a “Pulitzer Prize for Drama” nomination.

Transition to Broadway

The show has now made the transition to the Broadway stage thanks to the help of several of Letts’ previous contributors. The most notable of these returning creative team members is director Anna D Shapiro, a Broadway directing veteran who played a large part in the success of Letts’ previous play August: Osage County.

The Minutes tackles modern politics and the corrupt nature of the law through the lens of satire and serves as a sophisticated and scathing parallel to “Trumpism” without even mentioning the former president. In The Minutes, each of the characters are called either Mr., Mrs. or Miss, as an ode to a bygone courteous political landscape, despite chasms of difference of opinion.

The Minutes played 19 preview performances at the Cort Theatre before theaters were forced to close on March 12, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What's The Minutes Like?

The Minutes follows a straight-laced and newly elected member of the city council, Mr. Peel.

Shortly after Mr. Peel’s election victory, his mother passes away, leading him to miss his first weekly meeting with the council. Upon his return, Mr. Peel attempts to find out what happened at the meeting he missed, but discovers that the council is short on answers to important questions, like the reason previous council member Mr Carp lost his position.

Mr. Peel even finds that the meeting minutes from the previous week are mysteriously missing from the archives, leading him on a path to uncover the true events of the prior council meeting. Through his investigations, Mr. Peel slowly discovers what happened the previous week and exposes the dark truth that the council is ultimately concerned with power, rather than justice and truth.

Is The Minutes Good for Kids?

This show focuses heavily on themes about different power structures and our modern justice system. While some content may be funny to children most of the show’s dialogue will fly right over the heads of most minors and may not be at all entertaining to them. This show is not recommended for children under the age of 16.

Theatre Information

Studio 54 Theatre

254 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 922
Entrance: 54th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
Theatre Information

Studio 54 Theatre Seating Chart

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Cast Members

Ian Barford
Blair Brown
Cliff Chamberlain
K Todd Freeman
Armie Hammer
Tracy Letts
Danny McCarthy
Jessie Mueller
Sally Murphy
Austin Pendleton
Jeff Still


Jeffrey Richards

Rebecca Gold

Carl Moellenberg

Spencer Ross

Jayne Baron Sherman

Elizabeth Armstrong

Blakeman Entertainment

Ricardo Hornos

Across the River Productions

Stewart F Lane

Bonnie Comley

Leah Lane

Emily Dobbs

Jacob Soroken Porter

Hornos Berger

Production Credits

General Manager
RCI Theatricals
Company Manager
Michael Altbaum
Technical Supervisor
Hudson Theatrical Associates
Casting Director
Caparelliotis Casting
Advertising Representative
Press Agent
Polk & Co
Production Stage Manager
Jane Grey

Creative Team

Tracy Letts
Anna D Shapiro
David Zinn
Ana Kuzmanic
Brian MacDevitt
Sound & Original Music
Andre Pluess