The Blue Flower
A.R.T. Season
December 1, 2010 through January 8, 2011
"A gorgeous kaleidoscope of sight and sound. I left with tears running down my cheeks."
Joyce Kulhawik

Ride the twisted rails of history from Belle Epoque Paris to the WWI battlefields in this musical play about four lovers and friends finding their way through a world in pieces. The Blue Flower weaves lush video art, inventive music, playful text, and evocative movement into a visceral theatrical experience.

Downloadable demo tracks:
"Eiffel Tower" - details/streaming | download (right click here and "Save As")
"Wild Horse Dancing" - details/streaming | download (right click here and "Save As")

A CD of the music from The Blue Flower, performed by the original Weimarband (not a cast recording), will be for sale at each performance prior to curtain, during intermission, and post-show.

Audiences love The Blue Flower: 

Audience Testimonials - The Blue Flower.mov

Audiences members are giving The Blue Flower standing ovations, saying that the music is "haunting" and "beautiful" and that the play is "brilliant" and "groundbreaking."

Music, lyrics, script, and videography by Jim Bauer
Artwork, story, and videography by Ruth Bauer
Directed by Will Pomerantz
Movement Director Tom Nelis
By special arrangement with Stephen Schwartz, Andrew Levine, and Steve Tate
DESIGNERS:  
Set Design Marsha Ginsberg
Costume Design Carol Bailey
Lighting Design Justin Townsend
Sound Design Clive Goodwin
   
CAST:  
Max Daniel Jenkins*
Hannah Meghan McGeary*
Fairtyale Man Tom Nelis*
Franz Lucas Kavner*
Maria Teal Wicks*
Typerwriter Man Conner Christiansen*
Sewing Machine Man Paul Shafer*
   
(*) Members of Actors Equity Association
   
MUSICIANS:  
Conductor/Piano Mark Rubinstein
Accordion Peter Bufano
Drums/Percussion Patrick Carmichael
Guitar Steve Latt
Bassoon Douglas Quint
Bass Mike Rivard
Cello Emileigh Vandiver
Pedal Steel Guitar John Widgren
Staff  
   
Assistant Director Amanda Friou
Music Director Mark Rubinstein
Vocal Music Directors Charles Peltz
  Dan Rodriguez
Casting Stephen Kopel
Dramaturgy Ryan McKittrick
  Joseph Pindelski
Stage Manager Katherine Shea*
Assistant Stage Manager Ryan A. Anderson*
Production Associate Taylor Adamik
Assistant Dramaturg Jenna Clark Embrey
Dialect Coach Nancy Houfek

 

"One of the best musicals I have ever seen. It’s a serious, philosophical, meditative work that incorporates a huge variety of art to further its impact. The storytelling is organic, moving seamlessly from past to present, from song to scene."
The Weekly Dig
"One of Greater Boston's best shows of the year. A must-see event.... What a wonderful gift.... Go unwrap it."
TAB Community Newspapers
"Abundant in imagery and imagination...an extravagant production."
Variety
"The Blue Flower is one of the most creative and original pieces of musical theater I have ever encountered…I love it."
Stephen Schwartz, composer and lyricist of Wicked, Pippin, and Godspell

"A gorgeous kaleidoscope of sight and sound. I left with tears running down my cheeks." -Joyce Kulhawik More

"The Blue Flower is one of the best musicals I have ever seen. It’s a serious, philosophical, meditative work that incorporates a huge variety of art to further its impact. The storytelling is organic, moving seamlessly from past to present, from song to scene."  -The Weekly Dig More

"An experience not to be missed.... Haunting ballads that enable this incredibly talented ensemble to imbue great emotional depth into each of their characters.... An incredibly engaging, inventive way to tell a story." -Boston Metro More

"One of Greater Boston's best shows of the year. A must-see event.... What a wonderful gift.... Go unwrap it." -TAB Community Newspapers More

"Absolutely heartbreaking...indelible stage pictures." -Theatermania More

From its origins as a small venue cabaret show to its current iteration as a large American Repertory Theater production, The Blue Flower, named after the German Expressionist notion of the eternal pursuit of the unattainable, has gone through many changes in the 10 years that creators Jim and Ruth Bauer and actress Meghan McGeary have been working on the production. More

"The Blue Flower is not just one thing. It’s a musical as well as a play, richly infused with a variety of paintings and film..." -WBUR More

"Beverly couple — with help of 'Wicked' creator — see their musical come to life." More

A note from Jim & Ruth Bauer, creators of The Blue Flower. More

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Press Releases

For Immediate Release: October 13, 2010Contact: Kati Mitchell 617-495-2668kati_mitchell@harvard.edu American Repertory Theaterannounces the cast and creative team forTHE BLUE FLOWERby Jim and Ruth... More
For Immediate Release August 26, 2010 Contact: Kati Mitchell617-496-2000 x 8841kati_mitchell@harvard.edu American Repertory TheaterAnnounces Creative Teams for the 2010/11 Season Cambridge, Mass — The... More
Contact: Kati Mitchell617-496-2000x8841kati_mitchell@harvard.edu For release on Friday, May 7, 2010 American Repertory TheaterAnnounces its 2010/11 Season:CABARET • ALICE vs. WONDERLAND • THE BLUE... More

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Venue

64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Need to know

Single tickets on sale to members: 10/19.
On sale to the public: 11/2.

Access

Accessibilty
Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

Pre-performance discussions at 6:30 p.m. on:
Thursday 12/9
Wednesday 12/15
Sunday 12/19

Post-performance discussions after the Saturday matinees on:
12/4
12/11
12/18
1/8

Special post-performance discussion on Tuesday, 12/7.
Co-presented by the Humanities Center, with panelists:
* Jim Bauer and Ruth Bauer
* Mary Ann Caws, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature, English, and French, Graduate School of the City University of New York
* Matthew Smith, Associate Professor of English, Boston University

Performance sponsors:

Don and Susan Ware

Restaurant Partner: Cambridge, 1