"Triple Espresso" closed in Minneapolis in April 2008, but returned for a holiday run that fall, and in subsequent years has also returned for limited holiday season engagements. It is scheduled to return to Minneapolis November 20, 2012 for a seven-week engagement at the Music Box Theatre.
The plot revolves around three show-biz has-beens: lounge singer Hugh Butternut, an exuberant musician with a vulnerable soul who has spent the past two and a half decades performing in a coffee bar; the titular Triple Espresso; Bobby Bean, an irrepressible, but not-too-sharp entertainer; and taciturn magician Buzz Maxwell; the group's straight man and the brains behind the unintentional comedy team within the show. The three gather on Hugh’s 25th anniversary at the coffeehouse to retell and memorialize their mediocre show-business careers, including a final disastrous performance on The Mike Douglas Show. The plot is designed to make room for a series of comedic sketches which showcase the talents of the three-man cast, originally the show’s writers: musician Michael Pearce Donley, humorist/physical comedian Bob Stromberg and magician/comedian Bill Arnold. Their talents include everything from music and magic to choreographed ape imitations and shadow puppets, and the bits occasionally involve the audience as well.
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