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Upcoming theater productions you don’t want to miss!

September 22, 2010

We have a discount code for you!

The first theater production I don’t want to miss this fall is Yo Gabba Gabba at Radio City Music Hall. They are coming the weekend of Oct 2nd and 3rd. If you are dying to go like us, then we have a discount code for you! You can save 15% on select seats on Sunday, October 3rd at the 5 pm show. (That’s when we are going!). You need to use the Promotion Code 15Brooklyn and buy tickets from our dedicated A Child Grows in Brooklyn page here. I hope to see you there!

Additionally on our theater list is “Angelina Ballerina”, a slew of productions from The New Victory Theater, TADA! Youth Theater’s plays, “Peter and the Wolf”, and of course, “The Nutcracker.” What’s on your list?

****NY Family has a great list of “25 Magical, Must-See Museum Exhibits, Cultural Events and Live Performances”. I am just posting all the great theater you don’t want to miss…to see their entire list of museums and cultural events, go here.*****

“The Nutcracker” at New York Theatre Ballet
For the 26th year in a row, New York Theatre Ballet presents a magical one-hour production of the classic wintertime tale, “The Nutcracker.” A perfect way to ring in the holiday season, the Once Upon A Ballet series is designed for children, though the beautiful performance will mesmerize parents, too! Performances will be held on December 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street; nytb.org.

“How The Grinch Stole Christmas” at Carnegie Hall
Celebrate the holidays with the Whos! On December 11, the New York Pops will perform the beloved story of the Grinch on the Carnegie Hall stage. Bring your family an hour before showtime and enjoy free pre-concert activities. The performance itself features orchestral music, singers, dancers and a chorus, plus a full narration of the story and a projection of illustrations from the original book. 57th Street and Seventh Avenue; carnegiehall.org.(photo credit: Julien Jourdes)

“Peter and the Wolf” at the Jewish Museum
On Sunday, December 12 at 2 p.m., the acclaimed Pushcart Players will present the classic tale of a boy named Peter and his animal friends, each of which are represented with a different instrument! This musical presentation is appropriate for all ages, and is sure to please parents and kids alike. 1109 Fifth Avenue; thejewishmuseum.org.

“The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Enter the magical world of Narnia with this musical based on the classic C.S. Lewis adventure. On October 3, families can watch the Pevensie children dodge the white witch and explore a new world. 199 Chambers Street; tribecapac.org.

“Sachiyo Ito & Company: Exquisite Japanese Dance” at the Museum of the City of New York
On Saturday, October 30, the Museum of the City of New York presents a once-in-a-lifetime production from the acclaimed New York City traditional Japanese dance company, Sachiyo Ito & Company. Children and parents alike will marvel at the company’s exquisite movements and wide variety of dancing styles. After the performance, families can peruse the museum’s exhibition “Samurai in New York: The First Japanese Delegation, 1960.” Performance begins at 3 p.m. 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street; mcny.org.

“Stravinsky’s Firebird” Commissioned by The Little Orchestra Society
As part of its Happy Concerts For Young People Series, the Little Orchestra Society invites families to the world-premiere of a family-friendly production of the Russian ballet masterpiece, “Stravinksy’s Firebird” on November 6. Dancing bunraku-style puppets and shadow-play in the hands of 11 puppeteers move to the incredible music of Maestro Anagnost and the Orchestra in this spectacular, one-of-a-kind performance. Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center; littleorchestra.org.

“Mummenschanz” at the Skirball Center For The Performing Arts
Prepare to be amazed as the revolutionary Swiss performance troupe, “Mummenschanz,” brings its show to the NYU-based cultural center as part of its Big Red Chair Series from December 21 to January 8. This completely non-verbal show brings imagination to the forefront as everyday items become extraordinary, and shadows and lighting are used for a dramatic, and impactful, effect. 566 LaGuardia Place; skirballcenter.nyu.edu.

Musical Adventures With The Poppy Seed Players At The Kaufman Center
The Kaufman Center hosts the beloved musical troupe the Poppy Seed Players, who, now in their 21st season, perform musical plays for kids about Jewish culture. While many of the performances are after the New Year, families can look forward to Merkin Concert Hall’s annual family Hanukkah revue, “Latkes And Applesauce” on December 5. Featuring work from some of New York’s funniest writers, the show is a joyous and family-friendly holiday celebration. Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam); kaufman-center.org.

****Macaroni Kid NYC Downtown is a great site that has weekly emails of all their event picks for downtown Manhattan. Since it’s a hop, skip and a jump for us Brooklynites to get there- I use her list all of the time:****

Sunday, October 3 – Laurie Berkner at Town Hall
Tickets go on sale this week for this popular singer of toddler rock. It’s Everyone’s Birthday at The Laurie Berkner Band’s Birthday Party Concert!
What do you bring to a Birthday Party Concert?

1. Wear your favorite party hat (Any kind will do!)
2. Picture of a birthday cake (go to our website to download
the picture and color it in.  Turn it in at the merchandise
table area for a chance to win a prize!)
3. An animal for your head because animals have birthdays too.
Where: The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street (between 6th Avenue & Broadway)
When: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Who: Toddlers & Pre-Schoolers
How: Purchase tickets online
Cost: TICKETS: : $25, $35  (Plus applicable fees.)
LAP BABIES UNDER 1 ARE FREE, but you must pick up a comp ticket from the box office on the day of the show!!
For more info: http://www.laurieberkner.com OPTIONAL:  Bring a gift for a child in need by participating in our shoe drive sponsored by UMI shoes.  We will be collecting pairs of new or gently used children’s shoes (check your closets!) to be donated to Soles4Souls

*****Time Out NY Kids has a full list of Theater for this fall and they feature two of my favorite childrens’ theaters: TADA! and the New Victory Theater:*****

Puss in Boots/El Gato con Botas runs Oct 2–10 at the New Victory Theater.
There are plenty of rags-to-riches stories, but few whose plot hinges on the footwear of a cat. In “Puss in Boots”—the fable at the center of the New Victory Theater’s season opener—a poor miller inherits a cunning kitty who assures him that a pair of feline boots will improve the man’s fate. Donning new kicks, the cat sets to work on winning over the king, appropriating an ogre’s castle and securing the hand of the princess for his master.
Dreaming big seems to have been the point when Kaufman conceived of this show. In lieu of the catchy tunes found in most children’s musicals, an operatic score serves as the backbone. Written in the 1940s by Spanish Catalan composer Xavier Montsalvatge, the music is lighthearted (it even features portions of lullabies). Its libretto will be performed in English—and on October 7 and October 9, in Spanish—by five opera singers standing onstage. While they croon, puppets created by Blind Summit Theatre will act out the story. – by Nicole Caccavo Kear (For the full review go here.)

A Season Preview of the New Victory Theater
Tweens should be charmed by the season opener, an offbeat operatic adaptation of Puss in Boots (Oct 2–10) featuring puppets and select Spanish-language performances. Next up is the circus-like ZooZoo (Oct 15–24), a visual wonder complete with acrobatic feats. The Halloween offering Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe (Oct 29–Nov 7) explores the mind of the dark poet through storytelling, song and spooky imagery. Parents of preschoolers will want to hold out for Egg and Spoon (Nov 2–21), a nature-themed experience designed to engage the youngest theatergoers. Finally, we can all find refuge in lowbrow humor with Squirm Burpee Circus: A Vaudevillian Melodrama (Nov 12–28). Now there’s a title that says it all. -by Raven Snook. (To read more go here.)

Betsy is Bored, Bored, Bored, Bored, Bored! plays Oct 16–Nov 21 at the Looking Glass Theatre.
As a New York City parent, writer Judy Sheehan has come to one clear conclusion: Kids today are overbooked. And when they do have free time, she says, they often don’t know what to do with it. Her new play, Betsy is Bored, Bored, Bored, Bored, Bored!—opening this month at the Looking Glass Theatre—gives them some clever ideas. The story centers on an elementary-school student named Betsy who conquers rainy-day doldrums by using her imagination.- Lindsay Abrams (To read the full review go here.)

The Pee-wee Herman Show begins performances at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Oct 26.
In the ’80s, Reubens played the character in two movies and on the TV series Pee-wee’s Playhouse, but he’s kept a low profile for the past 20 years, due in large part to two run-ins with the law. In January, however, Reubens made a comeback, resurrecting the bow-tied one in he Pee-wee Herman Show, a live performance that played to sold-out crowds of kids and adults in Los Angeles. An updated remounting of a 1980 stage spectacle about Pee-wee’s desire to fly, the show opens on Broadway this month. – Raven Snook (To read the full interview with Pee Wee Herman go here).

Angelina Ballerina opens on Sat Oct 2 at Vital Children’s Theatre. Tickets: $29.50.
With a book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo and music by Ben Morss, the tuner features the same setting and characters as those of the PBS television show. But the premise—Angelina wants to enter her school’s dance contest even though all the ballet spots are taken—is new. – Raven Snook (To read the full preview go here.)
See you at the theater!