Baby Wants Candy

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'Baby Wants Candy is a musical improv group from Chicago. BWC has been actively performing since 1997, with distinguished alumni galore. They improvise musicals with a live band. Most often, they could be seen in New York at the Del Close Marathon but now do runs at local theaters from time to time.

They ask the audience for a suggestion of a musical that's never been performed before.


BWC began as a house team at iO Chicago in the mid 1990's. The first cast was: Rebecca Sage Allen, Don Bardwell, Ali Davis, Peter Gwinn, Nick Kanel, Bob Kulhan, Mary McCain, & Stuart Ranson. They performed to sold out audiences several years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and had their own Friday & Saturday night shows at iO Chicago which ran for several years.

The group performed a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012 with a cast of Al Samuels, Ashley Ward, Nick Semar, Amber Petty, and Chris Grace. The musical directors were Jody Shelton and Dan Wessels. The cast for Edinburgh 2013 was Al Samuels, Ashley Ward, Nick Semar, Erica Elam, Chris Grace, and Mike Still, with musical directors Dan Wessels and Dan Reitz.

Current Resident Companies

Baby Wants Candy currently performs every Friday in Chicago. They also perform around once a month at UCB in Los Angeles. BWC does not currently have a regular show in New York.