Thursday, June 14, through Saturday, June 23
The Black Box Theatre, 1623 Fifth Avenue, Moline IL
Nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the winner of a 1984 Theatre World Award, the delightful musical comedy Baby enjoys a June 14 through 23 staging at Moline's Black Box Theatre, treating patrons to a life-affirming show the New York Times praised for its “buoyancy and charm,” and for “addressing the show's concerns with both humor and intelligence.”
Written by Tony nominee Sybille Pearson, the Black Box's latest asks the age-old question: “Is there anything more exciting, frightening, and utterly transformational than impending parenthood?” Baby examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a new child. The show finds three couples on a university campus dealing with the painful, rewarding, and agonizingly funny consequences of the universal experience of pregnancy and upcoming parenthood: 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.
With its score by David Shire (Big, Saturday Night Fever, Love Match) and its lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. (Big, Miss Saigon, The Pirate Queen), the Black Box Theatre's Baby is being directed by David M. Miller, the company co-owner who previously helmed Rock of Ages and Clue: The Musical for the venue. Kyle Schneider serves as the production's music director, and featured in the cast are local talents Chase Austin, Joanna Brewer, Kelci Eaton, Emmalee Hilburn, Julie Hummel, Sara Laufer, Kirsten Myers, Brant Peitersen, Ian Sodawasser, and Joseph Wren.
Baby runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., and tickets to the June 14 through 23 run are $16. For more information and reservations, call (563)284-2350 or visit TheBlackBoxTheatre.com.