The Bushnell as Producer
In its 2005 strategic plan, The Bushnell Board of Trustees noted that an inconsistency in touring titles could jeopardize its Broadway series, the staple of its programming mix. Subsequently, The Bushnell increased its capacity for self-producing and co-producing, making it less dependent upon shows coming from traditional sources. Below are some of projects The Bushnell has produced on its own.
Warriors Don't Cry (2011-present)
Warriors Don't Cry is a one-woman tour de force adapted verbatim from the Little Rock Nine memoir of the same name by Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, who integrated Little Rock's Central High School in 1957. Adapted for the stage by Zita Christian and Scott Galbraith and produced by The Bushnell (Scott Galbraith, Executive Producer), Warriors Don't Cry premiered at The Bushnell in 2010 under the direction of Richard C. Aven and starred Almeria Campbell. It has been featured in its Bushnell Children's Theatre series every year thereafter and has toured to 17 states.
Jessica Maria Kight assumed the role in 2014.
Warriors Don't Cry can be seen at The Bushnell
November 5 & 6, 2014.
Miss Saigon (2013)
Miss Saigon is written by Alain Boublil (book, lyrics and original French lyrics), Claude-Michel Schonberg (book and music) and Richard Maltby, Jr. (lyrics), and was originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh. The Bushnell production was co-produced with Kansas City Starlight Theater, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (Minneapolis), and Fisher Theater (Detroit).
Greater Tuna (2009)
Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, Greater Tuna features two incredibly versatile actors who play all the citizens of Tuna, Texas - men, women, children and dogs, alike. Produced by The Bushnell (Scott Galbraith, Executive Producer) and directed by Robert Tolaro, Greater Tuna starred Brian Mathis and Neal Meyer.
The Music Man - A 50th Anniversary Tribute (2007)
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the American classic, The Bushnell staged a concert version of Meredith's Willson's The Music Man. Produced by The Bushnell (Scott Galbraith, Executive Producer), directed by Philip William McKinley (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, The Boy from Oz) and choreographed by Peggy Hickey (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) the concept staging starred Broadway and film legend Shirley Jones as Mrs. Paroo, Patrick Cassidy as Harold Hill, Lisa Vroman, Jason Graae, David Coffee, and Mary Stout. Jones and Cassidy have subsequently mounted their own version for touring in 2014-2015.