Bus Stop (A Random House Play)

 
9781135459833: Bus Stop (A Random House Play)

Written for a cast of 5 men and 3 women. In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gown and a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, is the passenger with most to worry about. She's been pursued, made love to and finally kidnapped by a twenty-one-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull. The belligerent cowhand is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana. Even as she's ducking out from under his clumsy but confident embraces, and screeching at him fiercely to shut him up, she pauses to furrow her forehead and muse, "Somehow deep inside of me I got a funny feeling I'm gonna end up in Montana ..." As a counterpoint to the main romance, the proprietor of the cafe and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle-age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young girl who works in the cafe also gets her first taste of romance.

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Upon hitting Broadway in 1955 Bus Stop was an immediate commercial & critical success. During a winter storm a busload of weary travelers are forced to shack up at a roadside diner until morning. Inge was renowned for his in-depth character studies, Bus Stop is no exception and offers a warm play about the intersecting lives of eight ordinary people.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Megan Anderson, Terrence Currier, Rachel Miner, Anson Mount, Kyle Prue, Lynnie Raybuck, Jefferson A. Russell and Gary Sloan.

From AudioFile:

A winter storm has waylaid a busload of passengers at a small café somewhere in the middle of Kansas. Everybody is waiting for morning--but what this 1955 Broadway hit is really about is three women who are waiting for their lives to begin. Without a doubt, Lynnie Raybuck, Megan Anderson, and Rachel Miner are up to the vocal challenges of depicting the humor, hope, and world-weariness of the café owner, the small-time showgirl, and the waitress who wants to take off for the big city. Spot-on sound effects and engaging guitar tunes round out this snapshot of a mid-twentieth-century America in transition. Once again, L.A. Theatre Works excels in bringing a stage classic to audio. B.P. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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