Pinkalicious The Musical NYC {Review}

My daughter is moderately obsessed with pink tulle and over accessorizing. So much so, that I wasn’t surprised when Elizabeth and Victoria Kahn’s Pinkalicious topped her favorite book list upon entering our home, well over a year ago.  We have slowly added the entire “licious” series to our bookshelves and most recently attended Pinkalicious The Musical at the Culture Project in New York City’s NoHo. 

This musical production, based on the New York Times best selling picture-book, tells the story of Pinkalicious Pinkerton and her pink cupcake over indulgence.  After developing a serious case of Pinkititis, she is prescribed a hefty dose of green vegetables to restore her natural complexion.  The musical tells a sweet story that children can relate to with valuable take-home messages (you’re beautiful just the way you are, remember moderation, and eat your vegetables!).  

Pinkalicious The Musical is the third Vital Theatre production that my family has seen and we were lucky enough to take in this show from the front row.  It was quite an experience, and I’m convinced that Vital has children’s entertainment down to a science.  The musical production is just under one hour, the small cast is lively, the music is upbeat, and the young audience is even encouraged to participate. The theater also has Pinkalicious merchandise (complete with small pink cupcakes) for sale.   Lucia was delighted (despite the fact that I forget to pack her pink poofy dress), and Adrian (almost three) was captivated the entire time.  My children came out of the theater chanting Pinkalicious before receiving autographs from the entire cast – another cool element that the Vital Theatre Company incorporates into all of their productions.

My husband and I are still chatting about seeing such enjoyment in our children’s eyes!  Pinkalicious, The Musical has returned to the Culture Project (formerly the Bleecker St Theatre) until August 31st 2013.  Performances are on Saturdays at 1:30 pm.  Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 212-579-0528 or by visiting the Culture Project box office at 45 Bleecker Street. 

Special thanks to The Vital Theatre Company for providing my family with tickets.  All opinions are my own.  Image number two via Vital Theatre. 

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Pinkalicious – The Musical {NYC Giveaway}

I have a huge Elizabeth & Victoria Kann fan in my home and can’t wait to take her to see one of her favorite books come to life next month.  Due to popular demand, The Vital Theatre Company’s Pinkalicious, The Musical will returned to the Culture Project (formerly the Bleecker St Theatre) on Saturdays at 1:30 pm, from March 30th through August 31st 2013.  Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 212-579-0528 or by visiting the Culture Project box office (45 Bleecker St, between Lafayette and Mott) one hour prior to the performance.

Win It: I’m thrilled to have a pair of tickets to giveaway!  To enter just leave a comment below and a winner will be selected via random.org in one week.  Good luck!

Update:  The Winner is Marybeth. 

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To The Theater We Go

My bambini love live theater and it is such an exciting treat to experience as a family.  Last weekend we saw the red carpet premiere of  the Vital Theatre’s production of A (Tooth) Fairy Tale.  It was fantastic and I am excited to share my full review over at Broadway World Jr.

Special thank you to the Vital Theatre for providing  press passes to the red carpet premiere.

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Angelina Ballerina – The Very Merry Holiday Musical {Review}

New York City is truly transformed into a magical wonderland during the Holiday season and enjoying family theater has become a fun component of our pre-Christmas experience.  We kicked off our Holiday excitement this year with a family trip to see Vital Theatre Company’s Angelina Ballerina, The Very Merry Holiday Musical.

Lucia (almost 5!) was bursting with excitement from the moment she learned of our plans.  Like Angelina, she has high hopes of becoming a prima ballerina and girl can choreograph some pretty astounding living room dance performances.   She also enjoys her Angelina Ballerina books, and I couldn’t wait to see her reaction of this live production.  Adrian (age 2.5) can also bust a move pretty well and recently took his first dance class.  Since he greatly enjoyed his previous live theater experience, I was so happy that he too was invited to attend. 

In this performance, Angelina and her mousy friends decide to debut a holiday dance pageant as a gift to the special people in their lives.  During performance preparations, a shipping mishap sends the wrong costumes, so Angelina and crew must collectively problem solve to save their dear pageant. Polly (Angelina’s little sister) steps up and creatively leads the way to the most magnificent performance in all of mouseland.  The heart-warming storyline reminds audience members that spreading Holiday cheer is what matters most. 

Photo credit: Sun Productions, Inc.

The fun melodies, humor and variety of dance genres won over audience members of all ages.  The energetic cast is skilled at capturing and holding the attention of young children.  Lucia smiled and bopped around in her seat the entire time, and Adrian watched intently and applauded at every appropriate interval.

Photo credit: Sun Productions, Inc. 

I think that Lucia was most excited about being invited on stage with the rest of the children to dance with cast members upon show completion.  The children also had a chance to receive cast member autographs and pose for photographs with their mousy friends.  Adrian had a moment of shyness but his big sister gladly showed off her best pirouettes.  

There is still time to enjoy this fantastic show, as production runs until January 13th, 2013!

Presented by Vital Theatre Company and HIT Entertainment at the Vital Theatre, 2162 Broadway, NYC.  Nov. 18th 2012 through Jan. 13th 2013; Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m; special school holiday performances on Dec. 24 – 27; Dec. 31 and Jan 1; (212) 579-0528 or www.vitaltheatre.org.   

My family and I received press passes free of charge.  No other compensation was received.  The above opinions are mine alone. 

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