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Jitney - 2017 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

Only one of the plays in two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's masterful The American Century Cycle has never been seen on Broadway- until now. Set in the early 1970s, this richly textured piece follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. When the city threatens to board up the business and the boss' son returns from prison, tempers flare, potent secrets are revealed and the fragile threads binding these people together may come undone at last.

MTC has a long history of co-producing works by this legendary playwright: King Hedley II, Seven Guitars and The Piano Lesson, and is proud to produce this Broadway debut. Directing is Ruben Santiago-Hudson, one of Wilson's finest interpreters.

Running Time:

Two hours and 25 minutes, with one intermission

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (Broadway)


About the Theatre
(New York, NY)
261 W. 47th St.
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Featured Reviews For Jitney


August Wilson’s Jitney review at Samuel J Friedman Theatre, New York – ‘piercing drama’ - The Stage
Written in 1979 and first staged in 1982, the eighth play in Wilson's Pittsburgh cycle has never been performed before on Broadway. It collects the stories of these men at all stages of life who congregate in this ramshackle station. Ruben Santiago-Hudson's at times over-bright production saunters to a jazz score with the voices of colourful characters who reminisce, gossip, and argue.

‘Jitney’ Review: August Wilson’s Authenticity - Wall Street Journal
By great good fortune it is also possible to see the same thing happen right now in Denzel Washington's filmed version of "Fences," a play that is part of the same cycle. Neither should be missed. In both, fathers and sons wrestle with ruthlessness and rebellion; in both, the outside world has left its scars, but decisions by individuals determine their fates.


 



 

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by BWW News Desk - February 17, 2017
This week on THEATER TALK the guests are director Ruben Santiago-Hudson with actors John Douglas Thompson and Brandon J. Dirden from the powerful ensemble cast of August Wilson's Jitney, now at the Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - February 15, 2017
This week on THEATER TALK the guests are director Ruben Santiago-Hudson with actors John Douglas Thompson and Brandon J. Dirden from the powerful ensemble cast of August Wilson's Jitney, now at the Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
by Naomi Serviss - January 22, 2017
A mainstay of August Wilson's Pittsburgh 20th Century Cycle is back for another turn as Fielding, the desperate gypsy cab driver.
by TV - Opening Night Special - January 21, 2017
The long-awaited Broadway debut of August Wilson's Jitney, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean), opened Thursday night at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). This production completes August Wilson's ten-play The American Century Cycle on Broadway.
by Walter McBride - January 20, 2017
The long-awaited Broadway debut of August Wilson's Jitney, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean), opened just last night at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). This production completes August Wilson's ten-play The American Century Cycle on Broadway.
by Walter McBride - January 20, 2017
The long-awaited Broadway debut of August Wilson's Jitney, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean), opened just last night at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). This production completes August Wilson's ten-play The American Century Cycle on Broadway.
by Walter McBride - January 20, 2017
The long-awaited Broadway debut of August Wilson's Jitney, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean), opened just last night at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). This production completes August Wilson's ten-play The American Century Cycle on Broadway.
by Michael Dale - January 20, 2017
When August Wilson's Jitney had its 1982 world premiere at Pittsburgh's Allegheny Repertory Theatre, there were no plans for it to serve as 1/10th of the greatest achievement in American drama. But by the time a revised version of that script opened Off-Broadway in 2000, six of the plays that would each represent a decade in his American Century Cycle had made it to Broadway and Wilson was firmly established as one the country's great playwrights.
by Review Roundups - January 19, 2017
The long-awaited Broadway debut of August Wilson's Jitney, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean), opens tonight at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). 
by BWW News Desk - January 18, 2017
A friendly reminder! The long-awaited Broadway debut of August Wilson's Jitney, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean), opens tomorrow, today January 19, at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).
by BroadwayWorld TV - January 11, 2017
Only one of the ten plays in two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's masterful The American Century Cycle has never been seen on Broadway - until now. JITNEY is now in previews at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) for a Thursday, January 19 opening night. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
by BWW News Desk - January 9, 2017
Only one of the ten plays in two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's masterful The American Century Cycle has never been seen on Broadway - until now. JITNEY is now in previews at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) for a Thursday, January 19 opening night. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! 
by Walter McBride - January 5, 2017
Previews are underway for the Broadway debut of August Wilson's Jitney, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean). The limited engagement of August Wilson's Jitney opens Thursday, January 19 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Check out photos of the marquee below!
by BWW News Desk - December 28, 2016
Performances begin tonight, Wednesday, December 28, for the Broadway debut of August Wilson's Jitney, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean). The limited engagement of August Wilson's Jitney opens Thursday, January 19 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Scroll down for a portrait of the cast!
by BWW News Desk - December 9, 2016
Yesterday, John Legend stopped by August Wilson's JITNEY rehearsal at Manhattan Theatre Club to say hello to the cast. Take a look at the photo below!
by BWW News Desk - December 6, 2016
First Corinthian Baptist Church Dream Center in association with The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, HARLEM WEEK, Harlem Arts Alliance New Heritage Theatre Group, and Walk Tall Girl Productions on Wednesday, December 7 at 7PM at Harlem Hospital's Mural Pavilion, 136th Street and Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Avenue) presents An Evening with Ruben Santiago-Hudson: Celebrating the Broadway directorial debut of August Wilson's Jitney, opening January 19, 2017.
by BroadwayWorld TV - November 30, 2016
Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway debut of August Wilson's Jitney, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean), will begin previews Wednesday, December 28 ahead of a Thursday, January 19 opening night at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).
by Walter McBride - November 30, 2016
Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway debut of August Wilson's Jitney, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean), will begin previews Wednesday, December 28 ahead of a Thursday, January 19 opening night at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld just met the cast and you can check out photos below!

Jitney Frequently Asked Questions

What other productions of Jitney have their been?
Jitney has had 4 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2000, Off-Broadway which opened in 2000, Broadway which opened in 2017 and US Tour which opened in 2019.

What Tony Awards has Jitney been nominated for?
Best Costume Design of a Play for Toni-Leslie James, Best Direction of a Play for Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Best Lighting Design of a Play for Jane CoxBest Revival of a Play for August Wilson's Jitney and Best Scenic Design of a Play for David Gallo.

What Tony Awards has Jitney won?
Best Costume Design of a Play for Toni-Leslie James Best Direction of a Play for Ruben Santiago-Hudson Best Lighting Design of a Play for Jane Cox Best Revival of a Play for August Wilson's Jitney Best Scenic Design of a Play for David Gallo.

What other awards has Jitney been nominated for?
Outstanding Costume Design for a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Toni-Leslie James, Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Outstanding Music in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Bill Sims Jr. , Outstanding Revival of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Jitney, Outstanding Set Design for a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for David Gallo, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for John Douglas Thompson, Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for JitneySpecial Citation (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Outstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Jitney.

What other awards has Jitney won?
Outstanding Costume Design for a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Toni-Leslie James, Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Outstanding Music in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Bill Sims Jr. , Outstanding Revival of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Jitney Outstanding Set Design for a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for David Gallo and Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for John Douglas Thompson Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for Jitney Special Citation (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Ruben Santiago-Hudson Outstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Jitney.

What productions of Jitney have their been?
Jitney has had 4 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2000, Off-Broadway which opened in 2000, Broadway which opened in 2017 and US Tour which opened in 2019.

What awards has Jitney been nominated for?
Outstanding Costume Design for a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Toni-Leslie James, Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Outstanding Music in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Bill Sims Jr. , Outstanding Revival of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Jitney, Outstanding Set Design for a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for David Gallo, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for John Douglas Thompson, Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for JitneySpecial Citation (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Outstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Jitney.

What awards has Jitney won?
Outstanding Costume Design for a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Toni-Leslie James, Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Outstanding Music in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Bill Sims Jr. , Outstanding Revival of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Jitney Outstanding Set Design for a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for David Gallo and Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for John Douglas Thompson Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for Jitney Special Citation (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Ruben Santiago-Hudson Outstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Jitney.

What productions of Jitney have there been?
Jitney has had 4 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2000, Off-Broadway which opened in 2000, Broadway which opened in 2017 and US Tour which opened in 2019.