The Kennedy Center

Bud, Not Buddy

Bud, Not Buddy

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - Sunday, January 15, 2017

Holidays JFK Centennial Celebration Performances For Young Audiences Jazz

In 1936, a boy goes looking for his father guided by a band flyer. Jazz master Terence Blanchard composes the music in this world premiere commission for actors and a jazz ensemble adapted from Christopher Paul Curtis's award-winning book. Age 9+

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A world premiere Kennedy Center commission 
Concert staging for a jazz ensemble and actors

Script by Kirsten Greenidge
Music by Terence Blanchard
From the book by Christopher Paul Curtis
Winner of the 2000 Newbery Medal for Excellence in Children's Literature and the Coretta Scott King Award
Directed by Clarke Peters
Cast includes Frankie Faison, Roscoe Orman, KenYatta Rogers, Ray Shell, John Clarence Stewart, Justin Weaks, Charlayne Woodard, and Michael Willis

Take your family through our CueSheet before you come see the show!

It's 1936 in Flint, Michigan, and 10-year-old Bud is sure about two things: he wants to find his father, and he is not called Buddy. Unfortunately, while his mother made his name crystal clear, the whereabouts of his dad are a little unsure. The only clue she left behind is a flyer advertising Herman E. Calloway and his band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression. With this and his trusty suitcase in tow, Bud sets off on an epic journey of discovery, set to the soulful sounds of jazz.

Adapted by Obie Award winner Kirsten Greenidge from Christopher Paul Curtis's cherished book, this touching tale is set to original music by world-renowned jazz artist Terence Blanchard, played on stage by a large jazz ensemble. Don't miss this world premiere that is part play, part jazz concert, and all heart. Most enjoyed by age 9 and up. All patrons, regardless of age must have a ticket.

Part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy.

The 2 p.m. Saturday performance is sensory friendly
Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families, including those with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. If you order these performances and do not require these Accessibility accommodations, your family is still very much welcome to attend.

Performance Timing: 65 minutes, with no intermission.

NOTE: Bud, Not Buddy author Christopher Paul Curtis will sign copies of his book in the Grand Foyer outside of the Eisenhower Theater following the matinee performance on Sat., Jan. 14.

Watch and Listen

Terence Blanchard on "Bud, Not Buddy"