Kudzu: A Southern Musical

by  Bland Simpson, Jack Herrick, Doug Marlette

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  11m, 3f

"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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 3f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    National Alliance of Musical Theatre-Festival Musicals
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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.)

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Reviews

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

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: The rural South

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock, Country/Western, Contemporary Broadway
  • Orchestra Size: Medium

Song Samples

Why Pass Bypass By?
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Fatherless
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Mine
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Story Song
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The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways
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Duet for One
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City on the Hill
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Kudzu
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Hey Earl
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Air Nasal
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Mine [Reprise]
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Home
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Karaoke Saturday Night
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Letter from a Far Away Place
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Master Plan
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We're Your Mamas
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Check It Out
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Casting

11m, 3f

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 
PEABO
PURVIS
HIRAM
LITTLE PRECIOUS

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Cast 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.

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

15 Piano/Conductor Scores
Fiddle
Bass
Accordion
Synth
Tuba
Guitar
Drums

(No Chorus Books available.)

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Authors

Bland Simpson

Bland Simpson

Jack Herrick

Jack Herrick

Doug Marlette

Doug Marlette

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

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