Madam-The Musical Features an Array of Historical Female Characters

While researching the background for his new musical Madam, based loosely on Eliza Haycraft, the infamous St. Louis Madam who died in 1871 as the richest woman in Missouri, playwright Colin Haycraft came across remarkable stories of women who bucked the hierarchy of male dominance that held women down and blocked them from fulfilling their dreams. So while the play is set in a St. Louis brothel, Healy imbued each of his “ladies” with characteristics borrowed from these brave female champions, starting with the title character.  Eliza Haycraft was born in Callaway County Missouri, where she married and likely bore…

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Why We Chose to Program a Play About Eliza Haycraft…

Madam-The Musical is a totally new play we commissioned to end our 2019 season dedicated to the theme of The American Experience.  Back in March, we performed David Stanley Ford’s intense work The Interrogation of Nathan Hale as a way of exploring the idealistic aspirations of those who founded America- a nation that would treat all equally, be free from religious oppression and give every man a say in how the country would be run.  In subsequent productions, we revisited these aspirations through the eyes of some of those Americans- Fanny Kemble and the slaves she sought to free, Molly…

Reputation! Reputation! Reputation!

                                                                                                  I have lost my reputation! Good name in woman, dear my lords and ladies, Is the immediate jewel of our souls; Who steals my purse steals trash –  In 1850, Fanny Kemble bursts into her home spouting these lines from Othello. Her former husband has launched a scurrilous public attack on…

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Are You A Fan of American History?

History buffs are going to love The Interrogation of Nathan Hale by Captain John Montresor.  Based on real-life events, David Stanley Ford’s thoughtful and intense script captures the final hours of Nathan Hale before he is executed as the first spy in the service of America.  Through the eyes of young Hale and Montresor, a career soldier in the service of King George, we explore the naive optimism of those who sought independence from what was then the richest and most powerful nation on Earth. For this performance, out theater is transformed into Montresor’s campaign tent on Manhattan Island as…

NATHAN HALE-OUR FIRST REHEARSAL!

Rehearsals started on a brand new Bluff City Theater season this past Tuesday in St. Louis.  Director A.S. (Alex) Freeman brought the creative team together for some “table work” on The Interrogation of Nathan Hale.  This is a first read-through of the script and discussion about the characters, themes and ideas the actors will be working with. Bringing a new production to the stage in just two-and-a-half weeks is an enormous challenge, but one that professional actors and directors manage to pull off for every show.  It starts with getting everyone used to the material and their co-stars, then proceeds…

Our Season Opens With a Story About The First American Hero…

The Interrogation of Nathan Hale by Captain John Montresor Of HRM Expeditionary Force This powerful story is set in the tent of Captain John Montresor, an Engineer in the British Army who carried 21-year-old Nathan Hale’s dying declaration letter to his family under a flag of truce.  Because of this, we know a lot about the young man who became the first to be executed as a spy in the service of America.  In the hours leading up to his death, Montresor interviewed Hale as a means of trying to understand the motivations of those who would seek independence from…

“The music we play on long car rides…”

  With over 27 albums and 3 Grammys, no one knows how to communicate with kids better than Tom Chapin. Tom’s music is targeted to kids from 3-13 and delivers a combination of catchy tunes, clever lyrics and lots of action.  The kids in your life are going to have an experience they will never forget! Tom Chapin’s Family Concert is this Saturday February 9th at 1 p.m. at HLG University (2700 Palmyra Road in Hannibal).  Doors open at 12:30 and tickets are still available. General admission is $25 for adults and $12 for kids.  Buy online at www.eventshannibal.com or…

Listen to Mary Griffith’s Interview with Tom Chapin

  Tom Chapin was interviewed live on Tuesday by Quincy’s own Mary Griffith on WTAD 930 AM.  Listen now to find out more about Tom, his storied history and his upcoming concerts this Saturday, February 9th at HLG University in Hannibal. Tickets are still available for both the Family Concert at 1 p.m. and An Evening with Tom Chapin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.eventshannibal.com or call 573-719-3226.

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There’s still time to get your tickets to “one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music”!

  As part of our mission to bring world-class talent to Hannibal, Bluff City Theater is proud to present the incomparable Tom Chapin in an intimate show at Roland Performing Arts Center at HLGU.  “An Evening with Tom Chapin” takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 9th. The brother of the late, great Harry Chapin, Tom has had a storied career as a musician, songwriter, recording artist, tv star and actor on Broadway and in film.  In this intimate performance, he’ll share his personal stories from five decades of performing interspersed with original music, classic folk favorites and selections…

  With 27 albums and 3 Grammys in a career that spans five decades, Tom Chapin may be the most successful children’s entertainer in America today! Families love his brand of smart, catchy and relevant songs about things that matter to kids. His music is described as “kid-friendly and adult safe” so everyone, no matter the age will enjoy the show. Check out this recording of Tom’s hit This Pretty Planet (featuring Judy Collins).  The Tom Chapin Family Concert takes place this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Roland Performing Arts Center at HLG University. Tickets are still available online at…

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