Hank Williams's Highway Leads to Little Shubert March 25 | Playbill

News Hank Williams's Highway Leads to Little Shubert March 25
Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Manhattan Ensemble Theater's biggest hit to date, which ended its run Off-Broadway Feb. 23, will reopen at the Little Shubert Theatre on March 26.

The show, which began performances Dec. 9, 2002, and opened Jan. 19, prolonged its run in the wake of solid reviews. There has also been talk of a national tour.

The transfer will keep the original cast from the Manhattan Ensemble Theater production, including Stephen G. Anthony, Margaret Bowman, Michael W. Howell, Tertia Lynch, Michael P. Moran, Drew Perkins, Juliet Smith, Myk Watford, Russ Wever and Jason Petty in the title role.

Tickets are on sale through Telecharge at (212) 239-6200, beginning March 7.

The producers are Cindy and Jay Gutterman, Kardana-Swinsky Productions, Inc, Jerry Hamza, SONY/ATV Music Publishing, LLC in association with Manhattan Ensemble Theater.

Hank is the latest work from Randal Myler, the man behind It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues and Love, Janis (about Janis Joplin) and the director of the upcoming Dream a Little Dream (about the Mamas and the Papas). Like Love, Janis, which charted the career of rocker Janis Joplin, Lost Highway follows the career of a music legend: bedeviled country singer-songwriter Hank Williams. The show follows Williams from his beginnings in Alabama honky tonks to his glory days commanding the charts and the stage of the Grand Ole Opry to his rapid decline into erratic behavior and alcoholism. He died of a heart attack in the back seat of a Cadillac on Jan. 1, 1953. He was 29.

The show is interwoven with 25 Williams songs like "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" and "Hey, Good Lookin'" which are now part of the American musical fabric. Among Williams' other well-known tunes are "Move It on Over," "Lovesick Blues," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Settin' the Woods on Fire."

Myler co-wrote the show with Mark Harelik and will direct. Nashville native Jason Petty will play lonesome, star-crossed Hank, as he did at the Cleveland Playhouse, where Lost Highway played to Oct. 20. Versions of the show have also been seen at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

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