The Behavior of Broadus

by  Brendan Milburn, Albert Dayan, Carolyn Almos, Matt Almos, Jon Beauregard

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  6m, 4f

The Behavior of Broadusputs the origins of our pop culture consumerist society under a satirical magnifying glass.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The Behavior of Broadus is the incredible sort-of-true story of John Broadus Watson, father of behaviorism and modern advertising. He has the power to control your brain. Indeed, we suspect he’s making you read this right now. This Mad Men-esque dark comedy puts the origins of our pop culture consumerist society under a satirical magnifying glass.

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Accolades

  • WINNER! 2015 Ovation Award, Best Book of an Original Musical
    WINNER! 2015 Ovation Award, Best Lyrics / Composition of an Original Musical

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Triumphant [...] As delightfully self-assured as it is comically self-referential, made up of equal parts whimsy, wacky, profane and profound, this cracked experiment in satirical musical development is a wickedly entertaining watershed." - Los Angeles Times, Read More 

"A darkly funny, oddly joyful musical [...] this piece is a transcendent breakthrough [...] This is LA’s intimate theater at its complicated best. Don't miss this one.” - KCRW, Read More

"A delightfully twisted musical [...] The book slyly references pop culture, skewers psychological and scientific hauteur, and takes a swipe at the unending American obsession with product." - Stage Raw, Read More

“It’s a startlingly refreshing blend of the American gumption of Oklahoma! and the satire of Urinetown [...] a great escape and mandatory viewing for anyone interested in musical theater.” - Stage and Cinema, Read More

"The Behavior of Broadus is the most audacious, provocative, entertaining, original musical to premiere in LA since 2008’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson [...] Few musicals offer as much food for the mind.” - Arts In LA


Videos

  • Capital Stage's cast discusses The Behavior of Broadus
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI, 1900-1910, 19th Century
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Several locations over the course of the life of John Boroadus Watson.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Contemporary Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: Small

Casting

6m, 4f
JOHN BROADUS WATSON
MARY WATSON
LITTLE ALBERT
WHITEY
EMMA WATSON
PHIL THE RAT
JACQUES LOEB
WILLIAM MCDOUGALL
ROSALIE RAYNOR
DEAN STEVENS
CHORUS 
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

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Full Package

1 Piano/Conductor Score
20 Vocal Chorus Books
1 Violin/Mandolin
1 Reed  (Clarinet/Flute/Tenor Sax/Cardboard Box) 
1 Bass (Electric/Upright/Sousaphone)
1 Guitar (Banjo/Clarinet 2)




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Authors

Brendan Milburn

Brendan Milburn

Albert Dayan

Albert Dayan

Carolyn Almos

Carolyn Almos

Matt Almos

Matt Almos

Jon Beauregard

Jon Beauregard

The Behavior of Broadus premiered in co-production between Sacred Fools and Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, CA in September 2014 under the direction of Matt Almos and Ken Roht.

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