The Humans - Broadway

$39-$145

The angst, anguish and amity of the American middle class are first coaxed - then shoved - into the light in this uproarious, hopeful, and heart-breaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake (Birney) has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter's apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic.

Schedule

Running Time: One hour and 35 minutes, with no intermission

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

(New York, NY)
236 West 45th St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For The Humans


Broadway review: The Humans reopens at the Helen Hayes Theatre - TimeOut NY
...not every show manages a Broadway transfer with equal grace, and I wondered if the some of the qualities that made it special Off Broadway -- the sharpness of Joe Mantello's staging, the ease of the ensemble acting, the audience's shared awareness of being in the dark -- could survive a transfer to a larger theater. I needn't have worried. The Humans is just as funny, just as moving and just as sneakily unsettling in its new Broadway incarnation, and retains its essential intimacy...Seeing the play a second time, and knowing some of its secrets, makes it even more compelling; you're more alert to what some of the characters aren't saying.

Broadway Review: ‘The Humans’ - Variety
Each and every character is enormously appealing, and Karam takes care to reveal their guarded secrets with great tenderness, just as Mantello's directorial hand gently advances the play from comedy to tragedy. The revelations of weakness in this close-knit family are not entirely unexpected -- lost loves, failed jobs, depression, money troubles, health problems, unpardonable misjudgments and the overwhelming pain of grief and regret. The big question, of course, is whether the Blakes can survive after this emotional night. Karam doesn't make it easy for them -- or us -- and the ambiguous ending seems to tilt toward darkness. But don't bet on it.


 



 

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by BWW News Desk - January 4, 2017
The most acclaimed, celebrated, and awarded American play in recent memory, The Humans, was also the top-grossing play of 2016 with box office receipts totaling $23,004,513.38.
by BWW News Desk - December 1, 2016
Producers Scott Rudin and Barry Diller announced today that the most acclaimed, celebrated, and awarded American play in recent memory, The Humans, will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at its third New York home, the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, after its year-long, smash hit run on Broadway and fourteen weeks Off Broadway.
by BWW News Desk - November 24, 2016
To celebrate Thanksgiving, the award-winning ensemble of the reigning Tony Award®-winning Best Play, The Humans, posed for a commemorative "family portrait" in the style of Norman Rockwell's iconic painting, "Freedom from Want." The photograph, shot by artist Julieta Cervantes, was unveiled today in the pages of New York's Hometown Newspaper, the New York Daily News.
by BWW News Desk - September 19, 2016
Stephen Karam's Tony Award-winning drama THE HUMANS has recouped its $3.8 million capitalization after just 26 weeks on Broadway. Producer Scott Rudin confirmed the news this morning.
by BWW News Desk - September 16, 2016
In this week's edition, we caught up with Kate Baldwin, who returns to the Sheen Center on September 18 to sing the music of Georgia Stitt. For tickets, visit: http://sheencenter.org
by BWW News Desk - September 15, 2016
The New York Times reports that THE HUMANS, which took home the 2016 Tony Award for Best New Play, will shutter on January 15th.
by BWW News Desk - August 26, 2016
In this week's edition, we caught up with Arian Moayed, who stars as 'Richard Saad' in THE HUMANS, playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
by Walter McBride - July 28, 2016
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, on the heels of winning four Tony Awards including Best Play,The Humans will move into Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) to extend its limited run. The Humans will play its first performance in its new home on Tuesday, August 9. It played its final performance at the Helen Hayes Theatre on July 24, and is in the midst of a two-week hiatus to allow for the move. As previously announced, the Hayes is set to undergo significant renovations beginning in August. CLICK HERE to find out how the show will make the switch!
by Nicole Rosky - July 24, 2016
Broadway shows changing houses is not a totally uncommon thing, though it has happened just a handful of times over the past few years. In 2013, Mamma Mia! packed up at the Winter Garden to continue its run at the Broadhurst Theatre. Rock of Ages moved three blocks from the Brooks Atkinson to the Helen Hayes in 2011. Before that, such shows as The 39 Steps, August: Osage County, The Lion King, and Chicago did the same. So what exactly goes into moving from Broadway's smallest theatre to a 1093-seat house? (Hint: Despite the show's apartment-style set, it's more than just cardboard boxes and a U-Haul.) Stage Manager Billy Barnes explains:
by BWW News Desk - June 28, 2016
Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the publication of a revised edition of Stephen Karam's The Humans, with an updated text and a new foreword by Samuel G. Freedman. The play premiered in November 2014 at the American Theater Company in Chicago, and premiered Off Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre Company in October 2015. It transferred to Broadway in the winter of 2016 to massive critical acclaim. The Humans earned six nominations for the 70th Annual Tony Awards in 2016 and won four, including Best Play.
by BWW News Desk - June 23, 2016
Producer Scott Rudin announced today that, on the heels of winning four Tony Awards including Best Play, The Humans will move into Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) to extend its limited run. The Humans will play its first performance in its new home on Tuesday, August 9. It will play its final performance at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Sunday, July 24, and then take a two-week hiatus to allow for the move. As previously announced, the Hayes is set to undergo significant renovations beginning in August.
by BWW News Desk - June 12, 2016
Roundabout Theatre Company's THE HUMANS has won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play.
by BWW News Desk - June 12, 2016
Reed Birney has won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for his role as Erik Blake in THE HUMANS.
by BWW News Desk - June 12, 2016
Jayne Houdyshell has won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for her role of Deirdre Blake in Roundabout Theatre Company's THE HUMANS.
by BWW News Desk - June 12, 2016
David Zinn has won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play for Roundabout Theatre Company's THE HUMANS. 
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - June 6, 2016
Jayne Houdyshell and Reed Birney play husband and wife onstage- Erik and Deirdre Blake in Stephen Karam's The Humans. The play, which originated at the Roundabout Theatre Company last year, earned six Tony nominations, including nods for the duo (Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play). Before the big day, they checked in with BroadwayWorld to tell us all about how they're holding up!
by Jennifer Broski - June 3, 2016
The beloved Broadway tradition continues as Sardi's just added two new caricatures of Tony Award-nominees Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell to its walls. BroadwayWorld was there for the special celebration and you can check out photos below!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 31, 2016
Jayne Houdyshell and Reed Birney play husband and wife onstage- Erik and Deirdre Blake in Stephen Karam's THE HUMANS. The play, which originated at the Roundabout Theatre Company last year, earned six Tony nominations, including nods for the duo (Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play). Check out why they couldn't be happier below!