Manhattan Theatre Club New Season Will Include Premiere of Lackawanna Blues

Today Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) announced plans for four Manhattan Theatre Club productions in the 2021-2022 season.

In the Fall of 2021, MTC plans to present the Broadway premiere of Lackawanna Blues, written, performed, and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson (August Wilson’s Jitney), with original music by Bill Sims Jr.

In the Spring of 2022, MTC plans to present the highly anticipated Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Written by Paula Vogel and directed by Mark Brokaw, the production, postponed from its original dates in 2020, will be led by the previously announced original cast members Mary-Louise Parker, David Morse, and Johanna Day who will be joined by Alyssa May Gold and Chris Myers.

Off-Broadway at New York City Center Stage I, MTC plans to present the world premiere of Morning Sun, written by Simon Stephens (Heisenberg) and directed by Lila Neugebauer (The Waverly Gallery), starring Emmy Award winner Edie Falco (The House of Blue Leaves, The Madrid), Tony Award winner Blair Brown (“Orange is the New Black,” Copenhagen), and Tony Award nominee Marin Ireland (“The Umbrella Academy,” Reasons to Be Pretty) in the Fall of 2021. The American premiere of Golden Shield, written by Anchuli Felicia King (White Pearl) and directed by Obie Award winner Danya Taymor (Heroes of the Fourth Turning), is also planned for the 2021-2022 season with dates to be announced.

Exact performance dates for these four productions, as well as additional shows for the 2021-2022 season, will be announced at a later date

Lynne Meadow said, "With hopes high that we will be able to return to live theatre, we have created a season of diverse and exciting Broadway and off-Broadway Premieres and we are honored to be working with the very best of New York's brilliant artistic community. Our colleagues are anticipating with joy being back in our rehearsal rooms and back on our stages, playing to houses filled with devoted theatregoers. We all miss each other!”

Like the rest of the theatre community, Manhattan Theatre Club continues to closely follow the COVID-19 health and safety guidance of New York City and State. When conditions allow, everyone at MTC looks forward to safely having artists and audiences back in Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and at their off-Broadway home at New York City Center. In the meantime, MTC’s Virtual Season continues online with theatrical experiences, initiatives, and events that audiences can enjoy without leaving their homes. Details can be found at

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