I know what you're thinking. A new August Wilson play on Broadway? How do I get tickets? Now technically Jitney is not a new show. In fact it was actually written in 1979, and given it's first production in 1982 at the Allegheny Repertory Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
However this is the first time it has been on Broadway. It did play a limited engagement Off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre in 2000. Now here we are sixteen years later and the show is set to make it's Broadway debut. The show which is being directed by Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, is set to begin previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on December 28, 2016, with opening night scheduled for January 19, 2017.
So what exactly is the show about? Well according to the show's website, Jitney takes place in a run down gypsy cab station in Pittsburgh in 1977. Unfortunately all of the company's employees are driving unlicensed cabs, aka Jitney's, which causes the city to threaten to close down the business for good. Adding to the drama is the return of the owners son, who's recent release from prison causes even more conflict as the future of the company remains unclear. Now I have been a big fan of August Wilson for as long as I can remember. Therefore I can't wait to see this one. Tickets for the show are now on sale. Not only that but we are selling them. Get your tickets to see Jitney on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. I can't wait. Until next time theatre fans.
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