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Bill Sims BIO

Grammy Nominated, OBIE Award winner for Lackawanna Blues, American Roots Music Artist, Founding member of The Heritage Blues Orchestra
Film credits, Lackawanna Blues, Cadillac Records, American Gangster, Miss Ruby's House, An American Love Story
Stage Credits.Lackawanna Blues, Gem Of The Ocean, Seven Guitars, Jitney, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Crowns, Trick The Devil, The First Breeze Of Summer, Things of Dry Hours

Bill Sims Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2006]
Musical Director
[Off-Broadway, 2001]

Bill Sims Awards and Nominations

Obie Awards - 2001 - Music

Bill Sims, Jr., Lackawanna Blues

Bill Sims Videos

Bill Sims News

The 2nd Annual Antonyo Awards Will Be Presented in October

 Broadway Black presents The 2nd Annual Antonyo Awards, which honors Black theatre artists during the 2021-2022 season. The live, in-person ceremony will be held on Monday, October 10 at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem (253 West 125th Street). Awards in 29 competitive categories and five honorary categories will be presented along with performances and guest appearances. 

2nd Annual Antonyo Award Nominations Announced - See The Full List!

The 2nd Annual Antonyo Award nominations from the 2021-2022 Broadway and Off-Broadway season have been announced! See the full list here!

COMPANY, SIX & More Win 2022 Drama Desk Awards - See the Full List!

Winners for the 66th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today. See the full list here! This year’s Drama Desk Awards will take place at Sardi’s Restaurant on June 14th. See who was honored from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway.

SIX, KIMBERLY AKIMBO Lead Nominations for 2022 Drama Desk Awards

Nominations for the 66th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today, and the full list of nominees is available here as well as information on who was eligible.

Recap Tony Awards Eligibility of the 2021-22 Season

The Tony Awards Administration Committee has been meeting all year to discuss the eligibility of the 2021-22 Broadway productions all leading up to Monday's big announcement... the Tony nominations. Need a recap before the nominations announcement? Below, we've rounded up all rulings from all four meeting. Apart from these specific decisions, all other eligibility rulings were consistent with opening night billing.

Tony Awards Administration Committee Makes First Eligibility Rulings of the Season on SIX, CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, and More!

 The Tony Awards Administration Committee met yesterday to confirm the eligibility status of 12 Broadway productions for the 2021-2022 season.  This was the first time the Tony Awards Administration Committee met to decide the eligibility for the 75th Annual Tony Awards. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

MTC's LACKAWANNA BLUES Announces Final Extension Through November 12

Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway premiere of Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Lackawanna Blues will add additional performances on Tuesday, November 9 at 7PM, Wednesday, November 10 at 2PM, Thursday, November 11 at 7PM and Friday, November 12 at 8PM at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

LACKAWANNA BLUES Announces One-Week Extension

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have announced that Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues will extend for one additional week of performances, now playing through Sunday, November 7 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

This Weekend's Performances of LACKAWANNA BLUES Canceled Due to Recurrence of Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Back Injury

Performances of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues have been cancelled for this weekend due to a recurrence of Ruben Santiago-Hudson's back injury.

VIDEO: LACKAWANNA BLUES Is Officially Open on Broadway!

As BroadwayWorld reported last night, last night's performance of Lackawanna Blues was canceled due to a recurrence of an ongoing back injury for star, writer, and director, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, but it is now officially open at  MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre!

LACKAWANNA BLUES Canceled Tonight Due to Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Back Injury

Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson returns to MTC for the Broadway debut of his brilliant solo play celebrating the strong, big-hearted woman who raised him: Miss Rachel.

Review Roundup: LACKAWANNA BLUES Opens on Broadway!

Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway premiere of Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Lackawanna Blues, opens tonight at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Read all the reviews as they roll in!

VIDEO: Watch a Sneak Peek of LACKAWANNA BLUES on Broadway!

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director and Barry Grove, Executive Producer)’s Broadway premiere of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues, now playing at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The show will open next Thursday, October 7.

LACKAWANNA BLUES Delays Opening Night as Ruben Santiago-Hudson Recovers from Back Injury

Manhattan Theatre Club will postpone the opening night performance of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues as the veteran performer, writer, and director continues to recover from a back injury sustained last week.

LACKAWANNA BLUES Cancels Weekend Performances Due to Back Injury Sustained by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Ruben Santiago-Hudson had a back injury this week. As a result, performances of RUBEN SANTIAGO-HUDSON’s LACKAWANNA BLUES are cancelled this evening and over the weekend.

Photos: First Look at Ruben Santiago-Hudson in LACKAWANNA BLUES

The Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director and Barry Grove, Executive Producer) Broadway premiere of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues is now in performances and will open next Tuesday, September 28 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Photos: Manhattan Theatre Club Celebrates Re-Opening with First Preview of LACKAWANNA BLUES

On Tuesday night, Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues debuted on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street, NYC), following the theater going dark for 18 months during the COVID-19 pandemic.

VIDEO: LACKAWANNA BLUES Celebrates Its First Broadway Preview!

Manhattan Theatre Club reopened its doors today with the first preview of Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Lackawanna Blues, which reopens MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre!

Ruben Santiago-Hudson's LACKAWANNA BLUES Reopens MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Tomorrow Night

Manhattan Theatre Club will reopen its doors tomorrow, Tuesday, September 14, when the Broadway premiere of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues begins performances at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Single Tickets Now On Sale For Ruben Santiago-Hudson's LACKAWANNA BLUES

Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Lackawanna Blues is written, performed, and directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (August Wilson's Jitney, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom on Netflix). Learn more about the production and how to purchase tickets here!


Bill Sims has been nominated for the Music category at the Obie Awards for his work in Lackawanna Blues.

Bill Sims has won the Obie Awards in the category of Music for the show Lackawanna Blues.

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