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Street Theatre Company presents musical Baby

by Cass Teague

(back row, l to r): Tonya Pewitt, Billy Seger, Laura Crockarell, Bakari King (front): Scott Rice, Nancy Allen
                                  photo: Heavenly Perspective Photography

Street Theatre Company announces their upcoming musical Baby by Sybille Pearson, Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire opening March 29. Babyis a pop-rock musical that tells the story of three couples on a university campus as they deal with the painful, rewarding, and agonizingly funny consequences of the universal experience of birth. The award winning musical about three couples expecting a child ran on Broadway from 1983-84.

There are the college students, barely at the beginning of their adult lives; the thirty-somethings, having trouble conceiving but determined to try; and the middle-aged parents, looking forward to seeing their last child graduate from college when a night of unexpected passion lands them back where they started.

The three expectant couples have different but familiar reactions. Lizzie and Danny are university juniors who have just moved in together. The athletic Pam and her husband, Nick, a sports instructor, have had some trouble conceiving. Arlene, already the mother of three grown daughters, is unsure of what to do, contemplating abortion while her husband Alan is thrilled with the thought of a new baby. Throughout the show, these characters experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, the desperate lows and the comic highs, that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby.

A smart, energetic show with loads of charm, Baby has a modern, up-to-date sensibility, hysterically insightful dialogue and a tuneful, contemporary score of show-stopping numbers by Shire and Maltby (Starting Here, Starting Now, Closer Than Ever and Big, the Musical). Warm, intimate, and immensely likable, Baby is a perfect show for anyone who has a baby, has friends with a baby…or has ever been one! The New York Times said Baby“…woos us with such basic commodities as warm feelings, an exuberant cast and a lovely score. Perfect Baby is not, but it often makes up in buoyancy and charm what it lacks in forceful forward drive…” The Street Theatre cast includes: Scott Rice as Alan, Nancy Allen as Arlene, Bakari King as Nick, Laura Crockarell as Pam, Billy Seger as Danny, and Tonya Pewitt as Lizzie.

Street Theatre Company is supported by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Baby runs March 29-April 14 with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 5 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors, and group rates are available. Performances are at Street Theatre, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, just off the Briley Parkway. For more information, call 615-554-7414.

Street Theatre Company is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to fostering professional, affordable and accessible theatre, music and arts education in Nashville. Founded in 2004, the organization produces high quality performances and educational workshops, and provides artistic opportunities for young people.

For specific show information and to purchase tickets, visit www.streettheatrecompany.org

Last weekend for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Keeton Theatre
This is the last weekend to catch Dirty Rotten Scoundrelsat the Larry Keeton Theatre at the FityForward Senior Center in Donelson.

Based on the popular 1988 film starring Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target heiress Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels runs through March 16. Tickets include dinner and show. The menu for this show is garden salad, chicken Alfredo, broccoli, garlic toast and German chocolate cake. Shows for this weekend include Friday and Saturday, with dinner at 6 pm and show at 7 pm.

The Keeton Theatre may be the best entertainment value in Nashville with both dinner and show for only $28. Call 883-8375 to order your tickets today or order on-line at www.thelarrykeetontheatre.org.

At the Larry Keeton Theatre you can always BYOB. They provide the wine glasses.

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