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Kudzu: A Southern Musical - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Kudzu: A Southern Musical

Jack Herrick, Doug Marlette, Bland Simpson

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

11m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573626883

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jack Herrick, Doug Marlette and Bland Simpson
Based on the comic strip "Kudzu" by Doug Marlette.

"Kudzu has everything from down home clogging to tangos right out of the silent cinema, from gospel choirs to a capella quartets.... Deliriously funny." - Raleigh News and Observer

A joyous musical score and delicious satire." - Boston Globe

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Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.


Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - The rural South

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Exterior Set

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre

Kudzu is the story of a boy who comes of age against the changing face of the American South. Like the comic strip from which it is adapted, this musical celebrates the values, humor and original characters still found in disappearing rural America.

Terms quoted on application. Music available on rental.

Demo Tape available on request

Standard rental package includes:
Piano/Conductor's Score
Fiddle
Bass
Accordion
Tuba
Guitar
Drums
(No Chorus Books available.)

REVIEWS

"Kudzu has everything from down home clogging to tangos right out of the silent cinema, from gospel choirs to a capella quartets.... Deliriously funny." - Raleigh News and Observer

"A joyous musical score and delicious satire." - Boston Globe

"An improbably good stage doppelganger for Mr. Marlette's amusing strip." - Washington Times


Kudzu: A Southern Musical premiered in a co-production between Duke University and Ford's Theatre in Washington DC in February 1998.

Characters

CASTING

11m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

CASTING NOTES

THE BYPASS BOYS double as YAMAMOTO KABUKI, MASAYUKI KABUKI, and THE MYSTIC PILGRIM. They can also serve as the onstage band.

KUDZU DUBOSE - an awkward abstracted adolescent, an aspiring writer, named for the vine.
MAMA DUBOSE - Kudzu's mother--she was abandoned by Kudzu's father and isn't about to let her son get away.
REVEREND WILL B. DUNN - the ambitious, slightly profane minister of Bypass Baptist Church.
UNCLE DUB DUBOSE - Kudzu's uncle; he runs the service station where Kuydzu helps out, and is famous in Bypass for his ability to diagnose engine trouble by ear.
VERANDA TADSWORTH - the Southern Belle from Hell, baton twirling cheerleading future spokesmodel, whom our hero Kudzu adores but only has room in her heart for herself.
BIG BUBBA TADSWORTH - Veranda's daddy, the wealthy, amoral owner of Tadsworth Mills and half the county. He controls everybody in town except for the Dubose family.
MAURICE JACKSON - Kudzu's best friend and confidante, as hip and comfortable with himself as Kudzu wishes he was.
MAZEE JACKSON - Maurice's mother, she cleans house for Will B. Dunn and the Tadsworths. She has high ambitions for Maurice.
NASAL T. LARDBOTTOM - overweight, coke-bottle lensed, world class dweeb; he would give anything to be a righteous, jive-talking, high flying Soul Brother.
MIKE - a bib-overalled, apprentice grease monkey at Dubb's, a definitely unglamorous Good Ol' Gal who has a secret crush on Kudzu.

THE BYPASS BOYS  - Four loafers who hang around Dub's 
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PURVIS
HIRAM
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Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Medium

MUSICAL STYLE

Pop/Rock, Country/Western, Contemporary Broadway

Piano/Conductor’s Score
Fiddle
Bass
Accordion
Tuba
Guitar
Drums
(No Chorus Books available.)

Song Samples

Why Pass Bypass By?

Fatherless

Mine

Story Song

The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways

Duet for One

City on the Hill

Kudzu

Hey Earl

Air Nasal

Mine [Reprise]

Home

Karaoke Saturday Night

Letter from a Far Away Place

Master Plan

We're Your Mamas

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