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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!
February 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm$12 – $25
The Young People’s Theatre of Chicago’s (YPT) inaugural 3-Play 2022-23 season continues with the Chicago premiere of Mo Willems’ high-spirited and hilarious “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” Originally produced by the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” features a script by Mo Willems and Muppet Babies executive producer Mr. Warburton, with music by longtime Willems collaborator, Deborah Wicks La Puma. The Chicago production is directed by artistic director Randy White, with choreography by Matthew Weidenbener and musical direction by Sam Shankman. YPT’s “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” features puppets designed and handmade by Rick Lyon, creator of the original Avenue Q puppets on Broadway.
“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” runs February 4 – February 26 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. For tickets or info, visit yptchi.org or call the Greenhouse Theater Box Office at 773 404 7336.
Adapted by Willems from his own 2004 Caldecott Honor Award-winning book, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” is the story of an irrepressible Pigeon who wants everyone to know that he never gets to have any fun! But one day the neighborhood Bus Driver is running late (gasp!) and Pigeon believes his dream to drive the bus might actually come true! But… can Pigeon actually drive a bus?? And more importantly, should we let Pigeon drive the bus? Willems’ innovative and high-octane theatrical adaptation of his own NY Times bestselling book turns into an interactive romp about finding your own special, feather-filled place in life!
Featuring a beguiling mix of Avenue Q-style hand-and-rod puppets and some old-fashioned vaudeville comedy stylings—”Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” features the exceptional cast of Brade Bradshaw as The Pigeon, Karla Serrato as The BusDriver, Adam Shalzi as Hot Dog Vendor/Business Man/Ensemble, Chamaya Moody as Little Old Lady/Ensemble, Tamsen Glaser as Duckling/Bus Engine/Ensemble, and Marquis Bundy as The Teenager/Ensemble.