Acclaimed Working Class Tale ‘Sweat’ Will Transfer to Broadway

Joan Marcus

"Sweat" -- the acclaimed new drama about floor workers at a steel plant in Reading, Pennsylvania, and how they cope with changes in American manufacturing -- will transfer to Broadway this spring after a sold-out run at The Public Theater.

Performances begin March 4, 2017 at Broadway's Studio 54. Opening night is set for March 26.

Co-commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Arena Stages, the tale comes from Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage ("Ruined") and will mark her Broadway playwriting debut. Direction comes from Kate Whoriskey ("The Miracle Worker").

The entire cast from the Public Theater is expected to reprise their performances on Broadway. A performance schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

"America needs 'Sweat,'" Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis said in a statement. "No piece I know captures in such brilliant and absorbing particulars the drama and fury of Americans who feel left behind in our new economy. We need to listen to these voices with openness and compassion; Sweat allows us to do just that, in a brilliantly theatrical way."

"Sweat" runs at The Public Theater through Dec. 18. 

Tickets for the Broadway engagement go on sale Dec. 9 via, by calling 212-239-6200, or the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street). Ticket prices will range from $59 - $149.

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