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Fat Ham to Stay on Broadway a Little Longer


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Fat Ham to Stay on Broadway a Little Longer

The Tony-nominated play has announced an extension.


Marcel Spears and Billy Eugene Jones
Joan Marcus

James Ijames‘ 2022 Pulitzer-winning and 2023 Tony-nominated play Fat Ham has announced a one week extension, with performances now slated to continue through July 2. Currently making its Broadway premiere at the American Airlines Theatre, the work began previews March 21 and opened April 12. Read reviews here.

Tickets for the extension will go on sale June 5 at 10 AM.

Ijames reinvents Shakespeare's classic tragedy Hamlet moving the action to a Southern cookout. There, queer college kid Juicy has to grapple with identity questions, the ghost of his father, and a supernatural demand for vengeance. The choice laid before him? Whether to break or perpetuate cycles of trauma and violence.


Calvin Leon Smith, Nikki Crawford, Billy Eugene Jones, Benja Kay
Thomas, Adrianna Mitchell, and Marcel Spears

Joan Marcus

Reprising their roles from the award-winning Off-Broadway run of The Public and National Black Theatre co-production are Marcel Spears as Juicy, 2023 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, and Benja Kay Thomas as Rabby. Crawford, who has received a 2023 Tony nomination for her performance, Holland, Mitchell, Smith, and Spears are all making their Broadway debuts.

READ: Here's How the 2023 Tony Award Nominees Feel About Getting the Nod

Rounding out the company as understudies are RJ Foster, Marquis D. Gibson, Alexandria Lewis, Matthew Elijah Webb, and Rema Webb.

Director Saheem Ali, who helmed the Off-Broadway production, has been recognized with a 2023 Tony nomination for his Main Stem debut. The creative team also features the return of scenic designer Maruti Evans, 2023 Tony-nominated costume designer Dominique Fawn Hill, sound designer Mikaal Sulaiman, choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie, hair and wig designer Earon Chew Nealey, and illusions designer Skylar Fox. They are joined by 2023 Tony-nominated lighting designer Bradley King, fight director Lisa Kopitsky, and singing coach Deborah Lapidus. Casting is by Kate Murray.

READ: Concord Theatricals Acquires Licensing Rights to Tony-Nominated Fat Ham

In addition to its originating producers The Public Theater and National Black Theatre which continues as co-producer, Fat Ham is produced on Broadway by Cynthia Erivo, Rashad V. Chambers, No Guarantees, and Public Theater Productions, while Andy Jones and Dylan Pager serve as executive producers. Tony nominee Colman Domingo serves as a co-producer.

Check out the Broadway production below.

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