Kwame Alexander & Tim Bower’s Acoustic Roosters Barnyard Boogie Starring Indigo Blume Takes the Stage at the Kennedy Center!

Premiering November 18-27! Tickets on sale now!

New York Times best-selling author KWAME ALEXANDER brings two of his beloved children’s books to the stage in a world premiere Kennedy Center commission. Alexander teams up with his writing partner MARY RAND HESS and long-time musical collaborator RANDY PRESTON to tell a story about being scared, being brave, and believing in yourself. With special guests like Duck Ellington and Ms. Dairy Parton—plus Preston appearing as Acoustic Rooster—this musical adaptation will have children (and families) dancing in their seats.

For showtimes and to purchase tickets click here.

About the Book

On the eve of singing at a community festival, a bout of stage fright threatens a little girl’s confidence. As Indigo Blume drifts off to sleep, she isn’t sure she’s brave enough to take the stage. But once she falls asleep, Indigo finds herself in a dream world with the characters of her favorite book, Acoustic Rooster and his Barnyard Band. The band’s members, including Miss Dairy Parton and Chickee Minaj, are rehearsing, and they invite Indigo to join the group. But when a storm destroys their barn, the animals are left with almost nothing. Can Indigo rally the band to work together and save their home? And will she find her voice in time for the festival? Buy your copy here.

Be sure to check out the book that started it all: Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band

About the Author & Illustrator

Kwame Alexander is a New York Times-bestselling author of 37 books, including Caldecott-Medal and Newbery-Honor winning picture book The Undefeated, How to Read a Book, Swing, Rebound, which was shortlisted for prestigious Carnegie Medal, and, his NEWBERY medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. Learn more at

Tim Bowers is a New York Times-artist whose work includes the bestselling Memoirs of… series. Even at a young age, his artwork reflected a strong sense of humor and an interest in animals. Prior to illustrating children’s books, Tim worked as an artist for Hallmark Cards, helping to launch the popular Shoebox Greetings card line. He has illustrated more than 25 children’s books and garnered various awards including the Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best list. His artwork has been included in the Society of Illustrators Annual Art Exhibition and the S.I. Humor Exhibition, as well as featured in children’s magazines and used on a wide variety of products. Tim lives in Granville, Ohio. Contact him at

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