Baby A Musical

Monday, April 20, At 7:30 P.M.

By Sybille Pearson, David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr.
based on a story developed with Susan Yankowitz
Directed by Kathy Brombacher | Musical director Elan McMahan

babyAMusicalThe setting is a college campus. The time is from March to November, a period of 9 months. Our players are Lizzie and Danny, college juniors who have just moved in together in a basement apartment, married coaches Pam and Nick, athletic and in their 30’s, and 40-ish Arlene, the mother of three grown children, and her slightly older husband Alan, a college dean, both fresh off a holiday vacation. These 6 characters are given the surprising news that there’s been an unplanned visit by The Stork – apprehension, joy, giddiness and indecision are some of the emotional responses to the news, plus lights, music, song (and maybe dance) as we count down to the due-date.

The kids in the basement contemplate not just parenthood, but getting married, and imagine how talented, smart and good-looking their offspring would be, considering what a perfect pair they are. The jocks are joyously over-the-moon with the news, since they’ve been trying earnestly but unsuccessfully to conceive. And our almost middle-aged perfect campus couple are split – he’s excited, she’s between shock and trepidation, although they agree it must have been the anniversary champagne that is to blame. The three women meet at the Gyn/Ob’s office, the men at a baseball game. There’s a minature Greek chorus of students who inject a running commentary as events unfold. And other women who share tales of their pregnancies, deliveries and delightful children, all told in obligatory graphic detail.

All in all, this trip through the trimesters covers all the emotional bases, touching on the anxiety of change, the roller-coaster ride of feelings, making plans for an unknowable future, losing your nerve, and perhaps too much self-reflection. The gestation period for Baby A Musical is 24 scenes in 2 acts, no burping or diaper changing required (after all, it’s a Broadway Baby).

TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS:
Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score
Best Performance by an Actor-Musical
Best Performance by an Actress-Musical
Best Direction-Musical
Best Choreography

DRAMA DESK NOMINATIONS:
Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Orchestrations
Outstanding Lyrics
Outstanding Music

DRAMA DESK AWARDS:
Winner Outstanding Featured Actor-Musical
Winner Outstanding Featured Actress-Musical

THEATRE WORLD AWARD:
Winner Outstanding Performance by Actor-Musical

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