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Bud, Not Buddy

Presented by Wheelock Family Theatre at Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston MA

Apr 14 2023
May 14 2023
Bud, Not Buddy

Boy walks with briefcase in hand. Orange mountain in background.

The heartfelt tale of Bud Caldwell comes to life this spring.

Based on the Coretta Scott King award-winning novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy follows the tale of 10-year-old Bud Caldwell. Named after ‘a flower-to-be…a little fist of love waiting to unfold and be seen by the world,’ Bud goes on a quest to find his father and blossoms when he finds family in a jazz band. An epic adventure full of dreams, jazzy tunes and heart.

Directed by Dawn Simmons


Prices for Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University productions are based on where you decide to sit:
Section A – $48
Section B – $36
Section C – $24
ADA Seats – $24 – $48

All tickets are subject to a ticketing fee based on ticket price, which will not exceed $6 per ticket.

Wheelock Family Theatre is committed to providing an inclusive environment. The WFT@BU ticketing model includes all price levels in both the orchestra and mezzanine sections. WFT@BU continues to strive to make theater accessible for all and has never turned away a patron for an inability to pay. For more information on discounts, please visit the Discounts and Promotions page here.

Our theatre seats 600 in a comfortable, tiered auditorium. The 21 rows provide intimacy with the actors on stage, and there is excellent visibility, with no obstructions, from all seats. The first 10 rows in the orchestra section are on a slight slope heading down toward the raised stage. The remaining 11 rows (mezzanine section) are similar to a stadium style seating where there is a stair/step between each row. i.e. to get to row AA, you must go up one step, row BB, up two steps, etc.

Tickets available at the door.

Contact: (617)353-3001


    Official Website

Additional time info:

Run Time: approximately 70 minutes with no intermission.

Talkbacks, tech talks and more TBD. For more updated information, please click here.


Wheelock Family Theatre

180 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215


Wheelock Family Theatre patrons can find parking at the MASCO garage at 375 Longwood Avenue, between Brookline Avenue (Longwood Medical Area) and The Riverway. The garage is located behind Temple Israel and is only a short walk to the front doors of Wheelock Family Theatre.


    • Assisted Listening System
    • Audio Description
    • Braille
    • Large Print
    • Low Vision
    • Open Caption
    • Sign Language
    • Wheelchair Access

Accessibility Performance Dates:
May 7th, 2023 at 2pm
May 11th, 2023 at 10:30am (Student Matinee)
May 13th, 2023 at 7:30pm

For more information on Accessibility, please click here.

COVID-19 Phased Reopening Details

Face Masks Required: No
Social Distancing: No
Limited Capacity: No
Reservations Required: Yes
Proof of Vaccination Required: No

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Dates and Times

Fri, Apr 14, 2023

7:30 pm at Wheelock Family Theatre

Sat, Apr 15, 2023

2:00 pm at Wheelock Family Theatre

Sat, Apr 15, 2023

7:30 pm at Wheelock Family Theatre

Sun, Apr 16, 2023

2:00 pm at Wheelock Family Theatre

Tue, Apr 18, 2023

1:00 pm at Wheelock Family Theatre

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