Raunchy Little Musical—Belle Barth is Back!

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(formerly titled “Belle Barth: If I embarrass you, tell your friends”)


March 23 through April 29, 2018
Palm Beach Gardens Arts Center in West Palm Beach, Florida

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With music by Chicago composer Ilya Levinson and lyrics by Owen Kalt.

“Raunchy Little Musical—Belle Barth is Back!” received rave reviews at performances in Tampa, described by
Deb Kelley in Broadway World as:

“an incredible love letter to the woman who had the balls to act like a man, in a time when women were expected to be prim and proper. . .

"There’s no doubt—after laughing on and off for 100 minutes, people will be talking about this show. . .

"Sara DelBeato IS Belle.  She’s a prettier, voluptuous, powerhouse embodiment of the comedian, an exuberant force of nature. . .

"This isn’t just a story about a little-known female comedian’s rise to face; it’s a woman looking for love—love withheld by a disapproving mother, love freely given by a father lost too soon, love from men who always disappointed, and love from an audience who always came through.”

"The play is expertly crafted, and the actors were amazing to watch as they brought Joanne Koch’s words to life in a flawless production.”

Joanne Koch



Joanne Koch is the creator or co-author of seventeen acclaimed plays and musicals produced around the country, screenwriter of numerous screenplays and an Emmy winning television series, and author or co-author of nonfiction books, magazine and newspaper articles, and previously a column syndicated to 200 papers around the country.

Dr. Koch is the director of the graduate writing program of National Louis University, the Master’s in Written Communication, and winner of the 2013 NLU “Excellence in Teaching Award” She initiated their renowned Pulitzer Prize Series, their annual literary anthology Mosaic, and their Writers’ Week Workshops.

Joanne was featured on the cover of Today’s Chicago Woman as one of 100 women in Chicago making a difference through her writing and teaching. She is also the artistic director of the Chicago Writers’ Bloc playwright development group (www.writersblocfest.org) that has brought hundreds of new plays to Chicago and around the country with its festivals of new plays in staged readings supported, in part, by the Dramatists Guild Fund, Inc.

For more information about Joanne Koch's work, see
recently produced and published plays and musicals.

Joanne Koch is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and participates in the Midwest New Musicals workshops.
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