Chicago’s Steppenwolf Troupe Increases Broadway Presence With ‘Airline Highway’

Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre collective, already repped on Broadway with This Is Our Youth, now in previews, will have a second Tony-eligible show this season when the Manhattan Theatre Club imports the supertroupe’s production of Airline Highway. The new play by Lisa D’Amour (Detroit), directed by Tony-winner Joe Mantello (Wicked) will have its premiere in a Chicago run from December 4 through  February 8. It will then move to MTC’s Broadway homebase, the Friedman Theatre, beginning April 1, with an official opening slated for April 23.

MTC describes the play this way: “In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans’ infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers has come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects.” The play is a Steppenwolf commission.

Casting for the 15-person ensemble at MTC will be announced in the coming weeks.


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