Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!

Pigeon feels like they don’t get to do anything they want. Then CLANK! HISS! SPLAT! The Bus Driver faces an emergency when they find bird feed in the engine! Will Pigeon prove themself and reach all the bus stops in time to tell the passengers the bus is running late? Pigeon is hilariously brought to life on stage in this new hit family musical written by Mo Willems.

Three ways to see Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!

In-person preview: 7:00 PM, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022
Thanks to our sponsor, Nationwide, we are able to offer a limited number of discounted tickets for preview night. Please note this show is being presented in the Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre. Masks are required for everyone over the age of 2 regardless of vaccination status. Tickets on sale 10:00 AM, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.

Discounted preview night tickets on sale online, 10:00 AM, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022

 

In-person: Jan. 7-23, 2022
Please note this show is being presented in the Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre and will be sold at full capacity as demand warrants.

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Our safety guide has been updated and reflects these main changes.

  1. Masks are required for everyone over the age of 2 regardless of vaccination status for performances of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical! Volunteers and guests who do not comply will not be admitted and tickets will be refunded.
  2. The Playhouse will seat at full capacity if demand warrants.
  3. There will be no autographs after the show.

Please note: The Playhouse remains committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for volunteers and guests and as such we are monitoring the current recommendations, guidelines, and restrictions to which we are subject. Based on CDC and state guidelines at the time of your event, protocols may include mask enforcement, social distancing, or more. Volunteers and guests who do not comply with Playhouse policies will not be admitted and guest tickets will be refunded. Click here to download our full safety guide updated Aug. 31, 2021.

 

Recorded performances: 7:00 PM, Friday, Jan. 21; 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM, Saturday, Jan. 22; and 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022

Scheduled content is a recording of opening night, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. It will automatically play on the specified days and times. You cannot pause or rewind and can only watch the recording in real-time. When the recording ends, so does your access. Scheduled times are 7:00 PM, Friday, Jan. 21; 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM, Saturday, Jan. 22; and 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022.

Recorded performances will go on sale Monday, Jan. 10, 2022.

 
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Performance Times:
7:00 PM Fridays; 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
School Matinees:
9:30 AM & Noon, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022
Theatre:
Kate Goldman Children's Theatre
Run Time:
1 hour, performed without intermission
Content Advisory:
Playhouse children’s theatre productions are intended for ages 5 and up.
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Company

  • Actor 4 (2nd Pigeon / Duckling / Bus Engine / Bus / Mom / Puppy)

    Payton Boesch

    Actor 4 (2nd Pigeon / Duckling / Bus Engine / Bus / Mom / Puppy)
  • Actor 5 (City Worker / Teenager / Backup Duckling)

    Madeline Davis

    Actor 5 (City Worker / Teenager / Backup Duckling)
  • Actor 2 (Bus Driver)

    Greg Millar

    Actor 2 (Bus Driver)
  • Actor 3 (Hot Dog Vendor / Business Man / Backup Duckling / Airplane Engine)

    Lou Ramsey

    Actor 3 (Hot Dog Vendor / Business Man / Backup Duckling / Airplane Engine)
  • Actor 1 (Pigeon)

    Brett Spahr

    Actor 1 (Pigeon)
  • Actor 6 (Little Old Lady / Backup Duckling)

    Julianne (JP) Ungs

    Actor 6 (Little Old Lady / Backup Duckling)
  • Director

    Peter Dean

    Director
  • Music Director

    Tina Haase Findlay

    Music Director
  • Choreographer

    Madi Brauer

    Choreographer
  • Scenic Designer

    Katherine Stepanek

    Scenic Designer
  • Costume Designer

    Angela Lampe

    Costume Designer
  • Lighting Designer

    Abby Kilpatrick

    Lighting Designer
  • Properties Designer

    Sara Guerrero

    Properties Designer
  • Properties Designer

    Don Rothweiler

    Properties Designer
  • Stage Manager

    Jessie Curry

    Stage Manager
  • Playhouse Artistic Director

    Katy Merriman

    Playhouse Artistic Director

Photos/Video

  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!, Jan. 7-23, 2022, at The Des Moines Playhouse, features Greg Millar as the Bus Driver and Brett Spahr as the Pigeon. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!, Jan. 7-23, 2022, at The Des Moines Playhouse, features Brett Spahr as the Pigeon and Greg Millar as the Bus Driver. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!, Jan. 7-23, 2022, at The Des Moines Playhouse, features Brett Spahr as the Pigeon and Greg Millar as the Bus Driver. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!, Jan. 7-23, 2022, at The Des Moines Playhouse, features Brett Spahr as the Pigeon and Greg Millar as the Bus Driver. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!, Jan. 7-23, 2022, at The Des Moines Playhouse, features Greg Millar as the Bus Driver and Brett Spahr as the Pigeon. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!, Jan. 7-23, 2022, at The Des Moines Playhouse, features Brett Spahr as the Pigeon. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!, Jan. 7-23, 2022, at The Des Moines Playhouse, features Greg Millar as the Bus Driver and Brett Spahr as the Pigeon. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!, Jan. 7-23, 2022, at The Des Moines Playhouse, features Greg Millar as the Bus Driver and Brett Spahr as the Pigeon. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!, Jan. 7-23, 2022, at The Des Moines Playhouse, features Brett Spahr as the Pigeon and Greg Millar as the Bus Driver. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Show Credits

Based on the book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Published by Hyperion Books for Children

Script by Mo Willems and Mr. Warburton
Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Dramaturgy by Megan Alrutz

This play was commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was first produced at the Kennedy Center during the 2019-2020 Season.

Don’ Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized materials are also supplied by MRI. www.MTIShows.com

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