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The Humans - 2016 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

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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 (Broadway)


About the Theatre
(New York, NY)
236 West 45th St.
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Featured Reviews For The Humans


‘Humans’ review: Stephen Karam’s compelling character portrait - amNY
Stephen Karam's family drama "The Humans"...is unapologetically depressing and lacking in narrative. Its pretentious and generic title is also a turnoff. Nevertheless, it makes for a compelling and often terrifying character portrait...there isn't much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and none of the problems are resolved or ameliorated by the play's end..."The Humans" is not as appealing as Karam's terrific comedic dramas ("Speech & Debate," "Sons of the Prophet"), but Houdyshell's razor-sharp delivery of her character's witty responses earns laughs. Under the direction of Joe Mantello...the actors deliver vulnerable, truthful performances while also handling simultaneous action on the two-story set, overlapping dialogue and many silent pauses.

Personal demons haunt Broadway's moving 'The Humans' - USA Today
It could certainly be argued that this home is haunted, but not by the usual suspects that pop up in horror flicks and scary campfire tales. As the Blakes gather for Thanksgiving dinner, along with Brigid's boyfriend and housemate, they are set upon, slowly but steadily, by frustrated and forsaken dreams and failed expectations...Karam...isn't interested in a polemic. Humans rather considers the trials its highly imperfect subjects face in a highly imperfect world, and resolves, without ever approaching sentimentality, that love is nonetheless resilient.


 



 

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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 Nicole Rosky - 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 Caryn Robbins - 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 Nicole Rosky - 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 Caryn Robbins - 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 Nicole Rosky - 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 Tyler Peterson - 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 Nicole Rosky - 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 Caryn Robbins - June 12, 2016
Roundabout Theatre Company's THE HUMANS has won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play.
by Caryn Robbins - 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 Caryn Robbins - 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 Caryn Robbins - 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!

The Humans Frequently Asked Questions

What other productions of The Humans have their been?
The Humans has had 3 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2015, Broadway which opened in 2016 and US Tour which opened in 2017.

What Tony Awards has The Humans been nominated for?
Best Play , Best Direction of a Play for Joe MantelloBest Lighting Design of a Play for Justin Townsend and Best Scenic Design of a Play for David Zinn.

What Tony Awards has The Humans won?
Best Play, Best Direction of a Play for Joe Mantello Best Lighting Design of a Play for Justin Townsend Best Scenic Design of a Play for David Zinn.

What other awards has The Humans been nominated for?
Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards ), Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Joe Mantello, Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Justin Townsend, Outstanding Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Humans, Outstanding Sound Design in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Fitz Patton, Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble (Drama Desk Awards) for The Humans, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Reed Birney, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Jayne Houdyshell, Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for Stephen Karam, Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Joe Mantello, Outstanding New Broadway Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Stephen Karam, Outstanding Lighting Design (The Lortels) for Justin TownsendOutstanding Scenic Design (The Lortels) for David Zinn and Outstanding Sound Design (The Lortels) for Fitz Patton.

What other awards has The Humans won?
Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards ), Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Joe Mantello, Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Justin Townsend, Outstanding Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Humans, Outstanding Sound Design in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Fitz Patton Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble (Drama Desk Awards) for The Humans and Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Reed Birney Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Jayne Houdyshell Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for Stephen Karam Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Joe Mantello Outstanding New Broadway Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Stephen Karam Outstanding Lighting Design (The Lortels) for Justin Townsend Outstanding Scenic Design (The Lortels) for David Zinn Outstanding Sound Design (The Lortels) for Fitz Patton.

What productions of The Humans have their been?
The Humans has had 3 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2015, Broadway which opened in 2016 and US Tour which opened in 2017.

What awards has The Humans been nominated for?
Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards ), Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Joe Mantello, Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Justin Townsend, Outstanding Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Humans, Outstanding Sound Design in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Fitz Patton, Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble (Drama Desk Awards) for The Humans, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Reed Birney, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Jayne Houdyshell, Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for Stephen Karam, Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Joe Mantello, Outstanding New Broadway Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Stephen Karam, Outstanding Lighting Design (The Lortels) for Justin TownsendOutstanding Scenic Design (The Lortels) for David Zinn and Outstanding Sound Design (The Lortels) for Fitz Patton.

What awards has The Humans won?
Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards ), Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Joe Mantello, Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Justin Townsend, Outstanding Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Humans, Outstanding Sound Design in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Fitz Patton Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble (Drama Desk Awards) for The Humans and Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Reed Birney Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Jayne Houdyshell Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for Stephen Karam Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Joe Mantello Outstanding New Broadway Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Stephen Karam Outstanding Lighting Design (The Lortels) for Justin Townsend Outstanding Scenic Design (The Lortels) for David Zinn Outstanding Sound Design (The Lortels) for Fitz Patton.