"The very contradictions inherent in Teddy make a good biography. The play does justice to the vagaries of Roosevelt. This is truly history without peer...the best of its kind." - Clive Barnes, The New York Times
"Alden's writing is laced throughout with puns, jokes and typically Rooseveltian wit,but also with a sense of tremendous tenderness and vulnerability, also apparently strong currents in Roosevelt's character. Here Alden may be creating a new Roosevelt myth,but if so, it is totally credible and welcome one." - Barbara Mackay, Denver Post
"Jerome Alden's script soars in places, just as Teddy often soared. It provides us with a living picture of TR the boy,TR the man, and TR the 'Old Frump'...dramatically captured a character and a life-style that is exemplary for us all." - Jim Moorhead, St. Petersburg Independent
"This is the bluff, warring, loudmouth Roosevelt who takes the French ambassador wading, in the buff...and preaches the doctrine of the Strenuous Life. But there's also the tender Roosevelt who the Teddy Bear its name, and the moving Roosevelt confronting the deaths of his wife and mother and eventually his son. All the while-and this is the genius...of Jerome Alden's script-that we are aware of the boy who never entirely grew-up." - Mike Steele, Minneapolis Tribune
- Gun Shots
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
This title is available for Licensing Only.
- Time Period: 1900-1910
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: The year 1900. Inside and outside the Roosevelt home.
- Additional Features: Play w/ Music, Special Effects
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: No Chorus
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
Bully was first produced on Broadway by Don Saxon and Kevin Krown in association with Kathy Raitt at the 46th Street Theater (now the Richard Rogers Theater) in New York City on November 1, 1977. It was directed by Peter H. Hunt and featured James Whitmore in the leading role.