Tony-Nominated Airline Highway Plays Final Performance Today

News   Tony-Nominated Airline Highway Plays Final Performance Today
Lisa D'Amour's Airline Highway, a story set on the colorful fringes of New Orleans' skid row, plays its final performance on Broadway June 7.

The production, which received four Tony nominations, opened on Broadway April 23 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre following previews that began April 1. Performances were originally scheduled through June 14. Click here to read the reviews

Upon closing Airline Highway will have played 25 previews and 53 regular performances.

The production previously played Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre.

Airline Highway received Tony nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (K. Todd Freeman), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Julie White), Best Costume Design of a Play (David Zinn) and Best Lighting Design of a Play (Japhy Weideman). 

"In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans’s infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather," press notes state. "A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the iconic burlesque performer Miss Ruby. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects."

K. Todd Freeman, Julie White, Judith Roberts and Scott Jaeck
K. Todd Freeman, Julie White, Judith Roberts and Scott Jaeck Photo by Joan Marcus

Freeman and other members of the Chicago company are again featured in the play. The cast includes Tony Award winner White (The Little Dog Laughed, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), Carolyn Braver, Scott Jaeck, Ken Marks, Caroline Neff, Tim Edward Rhoze, Judith Roberts, Joe Tippett, Shannon Eagen, Venida Evans, Joe Forbrich, Leslie Hendrix, Sekou Laidlow, Todd d'Amour and Toni Martin.

Playwright Lisa D'Amour tells about her inspiration for Airline Highway.

The Steppenwolf Theatre production is presented on Broadway by the Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, with direction by Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Assassins).

The creative team includes Scott Pask (scenic design), David Zinn (costume design), Japhy Weideman (lighting design), and Fitz Patton (original music and sound design).

The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre is located at 261 West 47th Street. Visit for more information.

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