NoHo Theatre Review of Troubadour Theater Company’s Little Drummer Bowie at the Falcon Theatre

Falcon Theatre Presents TROUBADOUR THEATER COMPANY’S           


Directed by Matt Walker and Joseph Leo Bwarie

The Troubies have brought Ziggy Stardust home to the Falcon Theatre.   The Troubadour Theater Company, or “Troubies” have once again brought us a winner.  Funny storytelling, amazing David Bowie musical numbers’, voices and dancing, and most importantly truly gifted actors make LITTLE DRUMMER BOWIE a hit, and the show to see this Holiday season.

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The LITTLE DRUMMER BOWIE, or Ziggy for short (Joseph Leo Bwarie), has lost his family in the desert, and his trusty companions, Babaa (Katie Kitani) and Samson (Cloie Wyatt Taylor) are by his side to get him through. You see, Ziggy is behind in his taxes, and must find a way to get his debt paid.  He is convinced to use his singing talent as a way to rid himself of his debt, becoming a huge success in the desert.  A shyster convinces Ziggy he can “make him a star,” proclaiming to the masses gathered, “Ladies and Gentlemen of Jerusalem, Ziggy is here to entertain you!”  To add to the excitement, there is word in the desert that a “new king” is to be born, and people are gathering to welcome him.

I’m going to leave the story here.  It just wouldn’t be fair for me to completely spill the beans.  LITTLE DRUMMER BOWIE is such a great show that you MUST go quickly to the Falcon Theatre before the tickets are sold out.  I can’t stress enough how incredibly funny and clever it is.  The amazingly talented Rick Batalla as Joseph (wait until you see the gold jumpsuit), along with the incredibly funny Beth Kennedy as Ali, Lisa Valenzuela as Mary, Riccardo Berdini as Ben Haramed, Niles Rivers as Jamaal and Katie DeShan as Nadhiyah all totally “bring it.”  We can’t forget Matt Walker as “The Voice from Above”, or the brilliant live band.  Love the Sax.

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Expert Direction by Matt Walker, founder of the Troubies, with colorful, creative costumes, makeup, wigs, scenic design, and lighting, all paramount to the success of this show, and would have made David Bowie proud.             

During this holiday, we all love stories of family, rising above our obstacles, and of course Love.  Or in Bowie speak, “Modern Love.”  LITTLE DRUMMER BOWIE is a thoroughly entertaining evening, filled with comedy, joy, and packed full of Bowie music, and a remarkable group of performers in the Troubadour Theater Company.

I am sending you all my best wishes for a joyful Holiday.  Enjoy every moment, but more importantly, enjoy each other and be KIND to one another.  This world needs kindness.  Onward, upward, outward and forward to 2017.  See you next year for another great year of live theatre.


Cast:  Rick Batalla, Riccardo Berdini, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Katie DeShan, Beth Kennedy, Katie Kitani, Niles Rivers, Cloie Wyatt Taylor, Lisa Valenzuela

The Band:  Eric Heinly, Kevin McCourt, BJ Johnson, Mike Abraham, Kirsten Edkins, Ashley Jarmack

Director:  Matt Walker and Joseph Leo Bwarie

Scenic Design:  Christopher Scott Murillo

Costume Design:  Sharon McGunigle

Lighting Design:  JM Montecalvo

Sound Design:  Daniel Taylor

Wig Design:  Bobbie Zlotnik

Makeup Design:  John Stapleton

Properties:  Lily Bartenstein

Associate Lighting Designer:  Skylar Johnson

Casting:  Sandi Logan, CSA

Production Stage Manager:  Corey Womack

Musical Director & Arrangements:  Eric Heinly

Choreographer:  Jordana Toback

Associate Choreographer:  Anna Aimee White

The Falcon Theatre

4252 Riverside Dr

Burbank, CA 91505

Ticket Reservations:  818-955-8101   or

Box Office Hours:  Tue – Fri, 12-6pm;  Sat – Sun, 10am – 4pm

Performances:  Previews from Nov 30th with Opening Night Dec 9th

And continuing through Jan 15th, 2017

Wednesday – Friday at 8pm

Saturday at 4pm and 8pm

Sunday at 4pm and 7pm

PLUS Select Tuesdays

Additional Performance Added: Sunday Jan 15th at 7pm

Priced from $30 – $45

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
Author: Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer and filmmaker living In Los Angeles.