Jason Petty made a striking impression on New York’s Theatre District, starring in Hank Williams: Lost Highway, which played for nine months to sold-out audiences at the Little Shubert Theater. Audiences and critics alike were taken aback by Petty’s unique acting ability in his portrayal of Hank Williams. Petty won rave reviews from all the prominent critics, including the New York Times, Variety, and Rolling Stone. The New York Post stated it best: “At times it seems as if Petty is not just offering an impersonation of Williams, but channeling his ghost.” Another sign of recognition for Petty’s brilliant performance of Hank Williams was being honored with an Obie Award (Off Broadway’s Tony Award equivalent) for “Outstanding Actor.”
In Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes, Petty gives audiences a personal look at Williams growing up, how he became famous, who influenced the legendary singer /songwriter, and performers today who Williams influences. Backed by a four-piece band, just like Williams performed, the show is chock full of Hank’s hits from ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’ and ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,’ to ‘Hey Good Lookin’ and ‘Lovesick Blues.