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Lackawanna Blues

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Mar 5 – Apr 21, 2019

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Lackawanna Blues

Enthralls...Ruben Santiago-Hudson takes us back to his beginnings with a blues-infused portrait. Harmonica in hand and accompanied by Chris Thomas King on guitar, he conjures multitudes with his rich memory and malleable voice.

A magical, musical, and deeply personal work written and performed by Tony Award® winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Lackawanna Blues is a reminiscence of his 1950s childhood in a small town on the banks of Lake Erie. Santiago-Hudson takes on more than 20 colorful characters—from would-be philosophers and petty hustlers to lost souls and abandoned lovers—in a brilliant celebration of the eccentric boardinghouse he grew up in. Santiago-Hudson returns to his roots in this tour de force performance with live blues music by composer Bill Sims Jr., performed by Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist, composer, and actor Chris Thomas King.

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Written, Performed, and Directed by
Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Music Performed by
Chris Thomas King

Original Music Composed by
Bill Sims Jr.

Additional Music Composed by
Chris Thomas King

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