Hank Williams: Lost Highway

Season 29: “Lost and Sound”

The blues and southern rock collide in Chicago’s smash hit! Following  Hank Williams’ rise from the beginnings to his triumphs on the Grand Ole Opry to his self-destruction at twenty-nine, audiences will be treated to an unforgettable tribute of more than 20 hits, including “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, “Move It on Over”, “Hey, Good Lookin’”, and “Jambalaya”.  To explore more about Hank Williams: Lost Highway, read our playguide.


“A big fat hit!” – Chicago Tribune  “Sensational!” – Chicago Sun Times  “A bona fide tribute concert!” – Newcity   “Flawless!” – WBEZ  “A profound emotional journey!” – Rolling Stone   “Best example of a musician’s bio on stage!” – The New York Post

Jeff Award nominations for Best Musical-midsize, Director of a musical, Music Director, and Lead Actor in a musical.



This performance must close September 28th.

  • Wednesday: 7:30pm
  • Thursday: 7:30pm
  • Friday: 7:30pm
  • Saturday: 7:30pm
  • Sunday: 2:30pm

Special Note: 9/10 and 9/17 Performances at 2:00pm ONLY.

Duration: Runs 2 1/2 hours with one intermission.

Location: Greenhouse Theater Center at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago

Ticket Price: $29 – $49

Town Halls: We offer free post-show events on Sundays.

Hank Williams: Lost Highway 2014


Cast (in alphabetical order):  Dana Black (Waitress), Matt Brumlow* (Hank Williams), Austin Cook* (Hoss)John Foley (Shag), Greg Hirte (Leon), James Leaming* (Pap)Michael Mahler*(Jimmy), Suzanne Petri* (Mama), Cora Vander Broek (Audrey), & Byron Glenn Willis (Tee Tot).

Production:   Damon Kiely (director), Malcolm Ruhl (music director), Michael Mahler* (associate music director)Jackie Penrod (co-scenic)Rick Penrod (co-scenic)Rick Sims (sound)Nick Belley (lights), Ellie Humphrys (assistant lights/master electrician)Sarah E. Ross* (costumes), Christopher Neville* (assistant costumes)Arianna Soloway* (properties)Ellen Willett (production manager), Jaclyn Holsey* (stage manager)Dana M. Nestrick (stage manager), Kathryn Lochert (assistant stage manager), Brian Claggett* (technical director), Eric Backus (sound engineer), & Lauri Dahl* (associate dramaturg).

*American Blues Theater Ensemble and Artistic Affiliates


We are proud to continue our PINK PREVIEWS. Proceeds from our Preview performances will be donated to the Lynn Sage Foundation for breast cancer research. We raise awareness of Old Town School of Folk Music’s mission and offer complimentary tickets to their students.

More Information on Hank Williams: Lost Highway

“Hank Williams: Lost Highway” Director Statements

In January 2011, Matt Brumlow invited me to his solo performance Nobody Lonesome for Me about Hank Williams Sr at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Watching his incredible portrayal of Hank – rich with celebrated songs; physical manifestations of spina bifida, substance abuse, and heartache; and the down-home charisma of a legend – I knew American Blues Theater needed to treat Chicago audiences to his masterful characterization. Backed unanimously by our Ensemble, we secured the AEA professional rights for the Chicago premiere of Hank Williams: Lost Highway. The cast and production team were filled quickly with Ensemble members and Artistic Affiliates, making this production one of our most home-grown shows of our existence. We were thrilled to reunite guest artists Damon Kiely and Malcolm Ruhl. In fall of 2013, our production broke box office records and received phenomenal critical acclaim. Well, ladies and gents, the entire band is back together and better than ever. American Blues is proud to present the collision of blues and southern rock in Chicago’s smash hit tribute. Hank’s inspirational poetry and haunting chords span living, dying, and all the complicated loving in between. -Gwendolyn Whiteside, Producing Artistic Director ——————————————————————————————————- I’ve always been envious of people like Hank Williams. Artists who had troubled lives they could draw on. Pain they could spin into gold. Hank certainly knew misery. He grew up poor without a father. His mother was loving but hard. He was in physical torment most of his life, with undiagnosed spina bifida. He was an alcoholic, a binge drinker who could throw away success as quickly as he grabbed it. And he had a tempestuous,...
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