Tony-Winning Humans Ends Broadway Run

News   Tony-Winning Humans Ends Broadway Run
The Stephen Karam drama will begin a national tour in November.
Sarah Steele, Arian Moayed, Jayne Houdyshell and Lauren Klein in <i>The Humans</i>
Sarah Steele, Arian Moayed, Jayne Houdyshell and Lauren Klein in The Humans Joan Marcus

The Tony-winning production of Stephen Karam's The Humans plays its final performance on Broadway January 15 at 6:30 PM at its third New York home, the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, after its year-long, hit run following 14 weeks Off-Broadway.

In November The Humans will kick off a coast-to-coast national tour at Seattle Repertory Theatre, before moving on to engagements across the United States. The tour will feature the entire creative team from the Broadway production, led by Tony Award-winning director Joe Mantello and including Tony Award-winning scenic designer David Zinn, costume designer Sarah Laux, lighting designer Justin Townsend, and sound designer Fitz Patton.

A complete touring schedule, as well as casting, will be announced shortly.

The Broadway ensemble cast features Cassie Beck, Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Lauren Klein, Arian Moayed, and Sarah Steele, who were all featured in the acclaimed Off-Broadway staging. 

The new musical Come From Away will be the next tenant in the Schoenfeld, beginning previews February 18.

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In The Humans, according to production notes, "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."

The Humans is the recipient of four Tony Awards, including Best Play (Author, Stephen Karam), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Jayne Houdyshell), Best Featured Actor in a Play (Reed Birney), and Best Scenic Design of a Play (David Zinn); four Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Play, Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play (Justin Townsend), Outstanding Sound Design in a Play (Fitz Patton), and a 2016 Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble. The Humans was named the Best Play of the Year by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, the Outer Critics Circle, and the Drama League. The Obie Awards honored Stephen Karam with a 2016 Award for Playwriting and Jayne Houdyshell with a 2016 Award for Performance.

The Humans was produced on Broadway by Scott Rudin, Barry Diller, Roundabout Theatre Company, Fox Theatricals, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Roy Furman, Daryl Roth, Jon B. Platt, Eli Bush, Broadway Across America, Jack Lane, Barbara Whitman, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Scott M. Delman, Sonia Friedman, Amanda Lipitz, Peter May, Stephanie P. McClelland, Lauren Stein, and The Shubert Organization. Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, and John Johnson served as executive producers.

Tickets can be purchased via or by calling (212) 239-6200.


(Updated January 15, 2017)

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