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How Bill Murray's 'New Worlds' came to be - and came to Buffalo

Bill Murray likes to live life by chance. His hilarious interactions with strangers are documented in a book called "The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing," by Gavin Edwards.

Once, he stuck two bottles of Veuve Clicquot Champagne into a snowbank by a bank's drive-through window. He mouthed "Happy New Year" to the teller, and drove away.

On a taxi trip in California, he learned that the cab driver was a frustrated sax player who never found the time to play the sax that was in the trunk. Murray took the wheel, and let the sax player sit in the back seat and play. Hearing how good the music was, he drove them to a rib joint where, at 2 a.m., the man entertained.

"It made for a beautiful night," Murray said, in the book. "I think we'd all do that. I think anyone, if you saw that moment, you'd make the connection, and you'd do it."

"New Worlds" is just one more example of zany serendipity.

The renowned comedian met the renowned German cellist Jan Vogler by accident, when they were seated across from each other on an airline flight. He laughed as he told the story in a televised interview.

"We were boarding a flight from Berlin to New York and I saw this character carrying an oversize suitcase," he said. "I said, 'Are you going to be able to fit that thing into the overhead compartment?' He said, 'It has its own seat. Not only that, but it has the window seat. It's a Stradivarius cello.'"

How "New Worlds" came to Buffalo is another fortuitous accident.

It opened just a few months ago -- in Dresden, Germany, in May 2017. It was the central draw at 2017 Festival Napa Valley. The list of American cities in the tour is short, only a dozen or so -- all prominent cities like New York City, Chicago, and -- Buffalo.

How did we end up on that list?

"It was a lot of luck," said BPO rep Kate Mockler Jenkins. "A box office staffer had read about the overall tour and brought it to the attention of management. They talked it over and agreed that it would be a neat thing to shoot for, and a good fit for our audience and for Buffalo.

"We contacted the booking agent for the tour, and they happened to have a date open that worked for us, too, so we went for it. It’s a thrill to be able to bring this to Buffalo. There are still seats available, but we expect them to go fast once people realize this is coming up."


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