ARCADE COMEDY THEATER PRESENTS
By Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio
September 5 – 21
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 9PM
What would you do for love? If you’re Jimmy Livingston, a kid stuck in the shelter of the suburbs without a friend or an immune system, you make yourself a bubble suit and risk it all in a cross-country adventure to stop a wedding! Jimmy will need to leave the metaphorical bubble his strict parents have placed him in (while staying in his actual bubble… so he can live) and find out what the real world is all about.
That’s Bubble Boy, a mad-cap, pop-musical unlike anything you’ve seen at Arcade before.
We’re presenting our first ever musical, and it’s as goofy, absurd, and hilarious as you’d expect — from the same team that brought you 2018’s production of SEX a.k.a Wieners and Boobs. Featuring a cast of over a dozen actors accompanied by a full band.
“Arcade Comedy Theater’s production of my show Bubble Boy was phenomenal—uplifting, energetic, cleverly staged, and the funniest version I’ve seen! Do not miss it!” — Cinco Paul (author of Bubble Boy, Despicable Me, Secret Life of Pets)
“With Bubble Boy: The Musical, Arcade will take a big step toward expanding its offerings and attracting new audiences.”
Read a PREVIEW of Bubble Boy in the Pittsburgh City Paper!
PGH IN THE ROUND:
“Their foray into traditional musical comedy not only delivers on the laughs that you would expect from one of the improv or stand-up acts regularly programmed at the venue but also on the brains, heart, and courage woven into this infectious confection of a show.”
“Arcade Comedy Theater has found an antidote to whatever is causing you to frown: Spend 90 minutes with ‘Bubble Boy the Musical,’ and rediscover your smile.”
“It’s difficult not to laugh through the deftly scripted scenarios and jokes. However, the cast assembled by director Don DiGiulio takes the material to the very pinnacle of comedy, leaving no stone unturned in the pursuit of an inflection or sight gag that could, even potentially, elicit laughter.”
PGH CITY PAPER:
“There’s a part in Bubble Boy: The Musical where my husband laughed so hard that he started to choke (don’t worry, he’s fine). If that wasn’t enough of an endorsement, the danger of dying from laughter is just one of the few charms of this musical based on the 2001 film.”
Nathaniel Yost as Jimmy
Alex Manalo as Chloe
H. Davis Weaver
Directed by Don DiGiulio
Music Direction by Joseph P. Stamerra
Produced by Mike Rubino and Arcade Comedy Theater
Music by Joseph P. Stamerra, Nathan Zoob, and Tracey Whorton
Technical Direction by Aaron Tarnow
Stage Management by Charissa Sedor
Graphic Design by Mike Rubino
Costume & production design by Sarah Wojdylak
Additional production design by Anna C. Reilly and Bob Rudenborg
Construction by Jason Clark
Bubble Boy is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Full Performance Schedule
- Thursday, Sept 5 at 9PM (opening night)
- Friday, September 6 at 9PM (donor party night!)
- Saturday, September 7 at 9PM
- Thursday, September 12 at 9PM
- Friday, September 13 at 9PM
- Saturday, September 14 at 9PM
- Thursday, September 19 at 9PM
- Friday, September 20 at 9PM
- Saturday, September 21 at 9PM (closing night)
Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
The Cultural District is a bustling, exciting place to be — whether it’s a street festival, Pirates game, or Hollywood film shoot, there’s always something cool happening. So give yourself a little extra time to park and get to the theater. There are is a parking garage within a block of the theater, which is only $6 for the night: Smithfield & Liberty Garage.
There are also a number of bus stops near us, as well as the Wood Street T-Station, if you’re taking public transit. Drop-off and pick-up areas are available right in front of our building.
Production Policies & Info
- These performances are BYOB: for a corkage fee, patrons are allowed to bring in 1 bottle of wine or a 6-pack of beer or malt beverages. No liquor. Please drink responsibly, and any visibly intoxicated patrons will be asked to leave. Here’s our full BYOB policy.
- All seating is general admission, with doors opening approximately 15 minutes before curtain. Guests arriving once the show has started will be asked to wait for a break in the action before being seated, and we can’t guarantee you’ll be able to sit together. Also, this play will make very little sense if you miss the beginning, so please arrive on time.