In the 1950s and 1960s, Ruben Santiago-Hudson Jr. lives in a lively boardinghouse in the blue-collar town of Lackawanna, New York, with his father after his parents separate. Run by the motherly Nanny Crosby and her taciturn husband, the boardinghouse residents, including The Bandleader, singer Pauline and cabaret owner Dick Barrymore, teach the young boy about life and art.
Directed ByGeorge C. Wolfe
Written ByRuben Santiago-Hudson
Cast of Lackawanna Blues
S. Epatha MerkersonRachel "Nanny" Crosby
Marcus Carl FranklinRuben Santiago Jr.
Yasiin BeyThe Bandleader
Louis Gossett Jr.Ol'lem Taylor
Terrence HowardBill Crosby
Ernie HudsonDick Barrymore
Liev SchreiberUlysses Ford
Jimmy SmitsRuben Santiago Sr.
Patricia WettigLaura's Mother
Jeffrey WrightMr. Paul
Jana ThompsonHotel Receptionist in Toronto
Bill Simms Jr.Self
Ruben Santiago-HudsonFreddie Cobbs
Charlayne WoodardBill's Woman
Omar BenjaminRuben, Jr. - Toddler
Robert BradleyOtis McClanahan
Saul WilliamsLonnie (War Veteran)