By Robert Simonson
20 Jul 2003
The musical had a sold-out run at the Manhattan Ensemble Theater before transferring to the Little Shubert March 26. A national tour is in the works. The New York company recorded a cast album for the Fynsworth Alley label on June 16. It will be released in stores on Aug. 5.
The musical Fame will be the Little Shubert's next tenant.
Based on the life of the late musician Hank Williams, Hank Williams: Lost Highway began its journey at the Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Randal Myler and co-written by Myler and Mark Harelik, the musical features 15 of Williams' classic songs, including "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" and "Hey, Good Lookin." Jason Petty heads the cast of the production, which received an Obie Award, two Lucille Lortel Award nominations, three Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, one Drama Desk nomination and a Drama League honor.
Hank Williams is only the latest Off-Broadway hit to discover that sanguine reviews and a sold-out initial run does not necessarily translate into a viable commercial transfer in today's economic climate. The Last Sunday in June and Zanna, Don't!, two shows that were well reviewed and popular with audiences, recently closed after shorter-than-expected runs in commercial Off-Broadway houses. The latter is exploring a move to Broadway.
The Little Shubert Theatre is located at 422 West 42nd Street. Tickets are available by calling (212) 239-6200.