I am so excited that New York City Children’s Theater will be fully back in person for the 2022-23 season after two years! Nothing compares to the joy I experience when, descending the stairs at Theater Row to reach our designated theater, I hear the excited voices of children grow louder and louder. Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store for them.
The Adventures of Honey & Leon: The Musical, book, music, and lyrics by Min Kahng, based on the children’s book by Alan Cumming, Illustrated by Grant Shaffer, is our fall show. It’s the hilarious tale of Alan and Grant’s two dogs, Honey, and Leon, who decide to trail after their two dads (in disguise, of course), when the dads depart for a trip to Europe. Why? To protect them, because… that’s what dogs do!
Our interactive holiday dance/drama My First Nutcracker was a huge success two years ago. Little ones were thrilled to participate with Clara Marie in her adventures in the Land of The Sweets and loved saving the day by becoming flowers and dancing with her when the Prince’s flowers couldn’t be found.
Spring will bring Fish In A Tree to Theatre Row. It’s the story of Ally, a brave and talented girl with undiagnosed dyslexia. She goes to school every day knowing she will be made fun of because she can’t read. A new teacher enters the scene and, recognizing her problem, helps her learn to read in new and exciting ways.
We chose these stories because, as with all NYCCT productions, they engage the audience’s empathy and help them learn how to cope with issues and ideas that children encounter as they grow.
- Honey and Leon are more like Alan and Grant’s children than dogs. Their sibling rivalry turns into respect and love for each other as the musical unfolds.
- Clara Marie is an equal partner with the Prince in their adventures. She even saves him from the Mouse King!
- Ally learns that reaching out for help to manage her dyslexia creates possibilities for her that change her life.
We managed to bring our audiences programs of quality virtually during the Covid shutdown of theaters in New York City. Still, there is nothing like experiencing live theater to open the mind and the heart. I am thrilled we will again interact with our audiences in the moment, providing them with memorable experiences that I hope will stay with them for years to come.
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