Fat Ham Extends Run on Broadway

Producers announced today the critically acclaimed, five-time Tony Award nominated, Pulitzer Prize-winning Fat Ham by Tony nominee James Ijames will add one week of performances on Broadway. The production, directed by Tony nominee Saheem Ali, will now run through Sunday, July 2 at the American Airlines Theatre.

The cast of Fat Ham includes Tony nominee Nikki Crawford as Tedra, Chris Herbie Holland as Tio, Billy Eugene Jones as Rev and Pap, Adrianna Mitchell as Opal, Calvin Leon Smith as Larry, Marcel Spears as Juicy, Benja Kay Thomas as Rabby, RJ Foster, Marquis D. Gibson, Alexandria Lewis, Matthew Elijah Webb, and Rema Webb.

The creative team for Fat Ham includes: Maruti Evans (Scenic Design), Tony nominee Dominique Fawn Hill (Costume Design), Tony nominee Bradley King (Lighting Design), Mikaal Sulaiman (Sound Design), Darrell Grand Moultrie (Choreographer) Earon Chew Nealey (Hair and Wig Design), Skylar Fox (Illusions Design), Kamra A. Jacobs (Production Stage Manager), Kate Murray (Casting), and Baseline Theatrical (General Management).

Fat Ham by James Ijames made its New York premiere in a critically acclaimed sold-out run—May 12-July 31, 2022, including a six-week extension—at The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Patrick Willingham, Executive Director), co-produced with National Black Theatre (Sade Lythcott, CEO; Jonathan McCrory, Executive Artistic Director), and hailed by The New York Times in its Critic’s Pick review as an “outstanding transformation of Shakespeare’s tragedy into a play about Black masculinity and queerness that both echoes Hamlet and finds a language beyond it.” The play was commissioned by and received its world premiere as a filmed production at The Wilma Theater, Philadelphia; Ijames’ play went on to win the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Juicy is a queer, Southern college kid, already grappling with some serious questions of identity, when the ghost of his father shows up in their backyard, demanding that Juicy avenge his murder. But here’s the rub! Revenge doesn’t come easy to Juicy, a sensitive and self-aware young Black man in search of his own happiness and liberation. From an uproarious family cookout emerges a compelling examination of love and loss, pain and joy.

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