Bella: An American Tall Tale

Bella: An American Tall Tale

by  Kirsten Childs

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  7m, 5f

Set in the Old West, this world-premiere musical comedy written by Kirsten Childs tells the tale of Isabella “Bella” Patterson, a young black woman in late 19th Century America.
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Bella: An American Tall Tale

by  Kirsten Childs

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 5f
  • Duration


    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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When Bella boards a train west to reunite with her Buffalo soldier sweetheart, she encounters the most colorful and lively characters ever to roam the Western plains. Bullets and fists will fly, heads and hearts will break, but—blessed with a big heart, and a voluptuous figure—Bella will breeze on through it all.
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"A rollicking musical. Like its title character's doozy of a derriere, Bella is impossible to ignore." - Time Out

"As a composer, Ms. Childs has an enviable versatility." - The New York Times

"Kirsten Childs' high spirits are infectious, and Bella: An American Tall Tale is her irresistible invitation to kick up your heels." - Variety


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  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage


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  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The Old West


7m, 5f
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Kirsten Childs

Kirsten Childs is the award-winning writer of the musicals The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Miracle Brothers, Fly (with Rajiv Joseph and Bill Sherman), Funked Up Fairy Tales, and Bella: An American Tall Tale (directed by Robert O’Hara). Bella: An American Tall Tale received its world premiere in the 2016 ...

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