"MASTER HAROLD"...and the boys

Opened: May 4, 1982
Closing: February 26, 1983

"MASTER HAROLD"...and the boys - 1982 - Broadway History , Info & More

Lyceum Theatre (Broadway)
149 W. 45th St. New York, NY 10036

The role that won Zakes Mokae a Tony Award brought Danny Glover back to the New York stage for the Roundabout Theatre's revival of this searing coming of age story, considered by many to be Fugard's masterpiece. A white teen who has grown up in the affectionate company of the two black waiters who work in his mother's tea room in Port Elizabeth learns that his viciously racist alcoholic father is on his way home from the hospital. An ensuing rage unwittingly triggers his inevitable passage into the culture of hatred fostered by apartheid.

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Arizona Theatre Company's current production hits the mark as a historical reminder and, through masterful performances by its cast of three, depicts institutionalized racism's capability to destroy even the most loving relationships.

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The Kansas City Actors Theatre continues to provide Kansas City with some of the best dramas to appear in local theater with the opening of a?oeMASTER HAROLDa??a??AND THE BOYS Saturday night, at the City Stage in Union Station. Directed by Gary Heisserer the play runs through September 29.

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Round House Theatre Continues 2017-2018 Season With Athol Fugard's 'MASTER HAROLD' ...AND THE BOYS
by Julie Musbach - Apr 2, 2018

Round House Theatre continues its 2017-2018 Season with Athol Fugard's "Master Harold"… and the Boys, directed by Artistic Director Ryan Rilette. "Master Harold"… and the Boys runs from April 11 - May 6, 2018. Press night is Monday, April 16, 2018. Please see below for complete program details and ticket information. 


"MASTER HAROLD"...and the boys has had 4 productions including Broadway which opened in 1982, Broadway which opened in 2003, Broadway which opened in 2003 and Off-Broadway which opened in 2016.
Best Play , , Best Direction of a Play for Athol Fugard.
"MASTER HAROLD"...and the boys has been nominated for several awards. It was nominated for Best Play at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. Athol Fugard, the director, was nominated for Outstanding Director of a Play at the Drama Desk Awards. The play itself was also nominated for Outstanding Play at the Drama Desk Awards. Additionally, it was nominated for Best Broadway Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Athol Fugard was nominated for Best Director at the same awards. Danny Glover's performance in the play earned him a nomination for Performance at the Theatre World Awards.
"MASTER HAROLD"...and the boys has won several awards. Athol Fugard received the Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) and the Outstanding Play (Drama Desk Awards) awards. The play also won the Best Broadway Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards), and Athol Fugard was recognized with the Best Director (Outer Critics Circle Awards) award. Additionally, Danny Glover received the Performance (Theatre World Awards) award for his role in the production.

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