The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Performance Central series presents Baby Wants Candy, the Chicago-based musical theater improvisational comedy ensemble, with performances on Tuesday, March 26, and Wednesday, March 27, at 8:00 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton.
Baby Wants Candy originated in Chicago, the home of improvisation in the U.S. Each show begins with the cast asking the audience for a suggestion of a musical title that has never before been performed. Accompanied by a piano, the first title that the ensemble hears becomes the title and theme for that evening’s show. Audiences experience off-the-cuff choreographed dance numbers, rhyming verses, and jaw-dropping comedy. Each hour-long performance is its own opening and closing night and completely unique.
Baby Wants Candy has performed over 2,000 completely improvised musicals around the world. Among the group’s past featured performers are Stephnie Weir and Nicole Parker (MadTV), Rachel Dratch and Seth Meyers (Saturday Night Live), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen and the E St Band), and Mark Pender (Max Weinberg 7). A sample of past titles include, Sarah Palin The Musical!, How the Backstreet Boys Won the Civil War, Nobody Puts Baby Jesus in the Corner, Skanks on a Plane, and Barak Obama Baby Mama Drama.
The New York Times has described the group as a “Critics’ pick! Truly amazing. The Chicago Sun Times calls Baby Wants Candy, “Consistently funny and crowd pleasing.” The Huffington Post writes,” It’s pretty damn brilliant, it’s pretty damn hilarious, and it was made up on the spot.”
The troupe will present a workshop for Princeton students from the University’s two theater improvisational groups, Fuzzy Dice and Quipfire, on Wednesday afternoon. Some of those students will become a part of the performance on Wednesday evening.
The Berlind Theatre is an accessible venue. Assistive listening devices are available upon request when attending a performance. Patrons in need of other access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at 609.258.5262 or LewisCtr-Comm@princeton.edu for assistance at least two weeks prior to the selected performance.
General admission tickets for the Baby Wants Candy are $15, $10 for students and seniors, and are available through the McCarter box office at 609.258.2787 or on-line at www.mccarter.org/TicketOffice/buytickets.aspx?page_id=22 , through Princeton University Ticketing by calling 609.258.9220 or on-line at www.princeton.edu/utickets/, or at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office.
To learn more about this event, Program Central, and the more than 100 other events presented each year by the Lewis Center for the Arts visit: princeton.edu/arts.
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Photo caption: Cast of Baby Wants Candy
Photo credit: Courtesy of Baby Wants Candy