Regional Premiere of Bukowsical, About Life of Novelist Charles Bukowski, Begins May 30 in St. Louis | Playbill

News Regional Premiere of Bukowsical, About Life of Novelist Charles Bukowski, Begins May 30 in St. Louis
New Line Theatre concludes its 22nd season with the regional premiere of Bukowsical, a 21st-century reboot of the American musical comedy that explores the intersection between sex, drugs and art through the life story of American novelist and poet Charles Bukowski. Performances begin May 30.

Directed by Scott Miller with music direction by Justin Smolik, the production continues through June 22.

Featuring a book and lyrics by Spencer Green and Gary Stockdale, and music by Stockdale, the musical features Zachary Allen Farmer (New Line's High Fidelity) as Bukowski with Ryan Foizey, Joel Hackbarth, Nicholas Kelly, Kimi Short, Christopher Strawhun, Marcy Wiegert and Chrissy Young.

According to press notes, "Bukowski was known for the vulgarity of his language and the adult content of his work. So Bukowsical tells Bukowski's life story on his terms, the way he'd write a musical, if the inclination had ever struck him, using the all-American conventions of old-school musical comedy ironically, to explore his dark, damaged, decadent life. Along the way, the show also takes a look at how the experiences of an artist's life affect his art, and how that art becomes universal through its truth-telling."

Bukowsical started life as a 50-minute one-act in Los Angeles, was revised and expanded, and then went on to the New York Fringe Festival, where it won the award for Outstanding Musical.

Other members of the creative team include choreographer Robin Michelle Berger, scenic designer Scott L. Schoonover, costume designer Amy Kelly and lighting designer Kenneth Zinkl. New Line Theatre is located at the Washington University South Campus Theatre at 6501 Clayton Road in St. Louis, MO. For more information and tickets, visit

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