A Band of Angels (2015)

“It is for children and adults to enjoy together” of A Band of Angels (Front Row Center)

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There is a beautiful little show…Like all good children’s theatre, it is not really for children. It is for children and adults to enjoy together.

Treat yourself to this production. Rent a kid if it will make you feel better.

— Tulis McCall, Front Row Center, A Band of Angels

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The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess

Next Kid Thing on Amazing Harvey: ‘a treat for music and theater-loving families’

The New York City Children’s Theater’s production of The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess is a treat for music and theater-loving families.

[As] the main characters, Laura Hankin and Ben Laxton, engaged young children while bringing a lovely story to life.

Sarah Charles and Liam Fennecken seamlessly morphed into multiple characters, bridging the best parts of the story with imagination and grace.

I appreciate that this is a preschooler-friendly production that keeps even the littlest theater-goer engaged.

New York City Children’s Theater is well known for making books sing, and Barbara Zinn Krieger did just that with this production. Laurie Berkner wrote the songs and lyrics, which made this production fantastic and fun.

— Jen Rabulan-Bertram, Next Kid Thing on The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess

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The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess is a great adventure!

‘Amazing Harvey’ draws young theatergoers with the power of pretending

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In this season of holiday excess, Harvey serves as a refreshing reminder that exhilarating fun can be created from the simplest of ingredients: thin air.

What’s most rewarding, however, is the way the show draws young theatergoers with the power of pretending.

That the music and lyrics are by Laurie Berkner contributes to the appeal of the production. Ms. Berkner’s work here ranges from sweet, folk-inflected ballads to a semi-snarled rap for the petulant princess.

New York City Children’s Theater, formerly Making Books Sing, has adapted Loryn Brantz’s “Harvey the Child Mime” into its latest musical…Fortunately, this company can still make a book sing.

— Laurel Graeber, The New York Times on The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess

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The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess

Mommy Delicious on the ‘refreshing’ Amazing Harvey

Let me tell ya… Barbara Zinn Krieger and Laurie Berkner have done it again!

Not only is the show cute, but the actors are engaging and there are parts of the show that are interactive with the audience.

In this day and age that’s filled with stuff and things and gifts and prizes… and more gifts and more things, it’s refreshing to see a show that emphasizes the importance of just… being.

— Alicia Harper, Mommy Delicious on The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess

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The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess

Amazing Harvey sends a Positive Message – The Mama Maven

The book by Artistic Director Barbara Zinn Krieger is full of imagination and I was thrilled that the story sends a positive message to kids and parents: “spend time together.”

The princess, portrayed by Laura Hankin, is simply adorable.

Sometimes simplicity is all you need to get the point across. We left the theater uplifted by the positive energy

I loved the fun, upbeat music by the popular Laurie Berkner

— Maytal Wichman, The Mama Maven on The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess

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Dear Albert Einstein

Dear Albert Einstein strikes the right balance between seriousness and fun – The NY Times

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Dear Albert Einstein strikes the right balance between seriousness  and fun

The danger in sacrificing your ideals for popularity isn’t a new theme, but the musical’s authors, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth, make it feel fresh.

Dear Albert Einstein, a witty new musical for young audiences from New York City Children’s Theater

The young adult actors deserve praise, as does Mr. Kaplan’s rich score, which ranges from ’50s-style rock and jazz to a lilting waltz.

— Laurel Graeber, The New York Times on Dear Albert Einstein

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Dear Albert Einstein

The performance was funny & relayed an important message: “Be Yourself”! – Thirty Mommy

We were excited to see the show and it was a great one!

The performance was funny & relayed an important message: “Be Yourself”!

The show was entertaining and the little ones loved it!

—Scherrie Donaldson, Thirty Mommy on Dear Albert Einstein

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Set in 1954, Dear Albert Einstein tells the story of Susan, a 12-year-old star math student who, when starting junior high, struggles between the desire to be herself and the pressure to be like all of the other girls in her class. Her admiration for Einstein, who periodically pops up in her imagination, complicates and eventually helps her along her journey. Combines early rock-n-roll, swing, and classical music.

Book, Music and Lyrics by Sara Wordsworth and Russ Kaplan
Directed by Josh Penzell

Featuring: Sarah Lasko, Michael Lorz, Evan Teich, Lindsay Bayer, Angela Travino


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Dear Albert Einstein

Mommy Poppins reviews ‘inventive and creative’ Dear Albert Einstein

[Dear Albert Einstein] encourages kids, especially girls, to get into math and science without being heavy-handed about it

…it’s a wonderfully inventive and creative show about being yourself

This isn’t your average children’s show–my daughter and I laughed out loud many times

—Raven Snook, Mommy Poppins on Dear Albert Einstein

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Set in 1954, Dear Albert Einstein tells the story of Susan, a 12-year-old star math student who, when starting junior high, struggles between the desire to be herself and the pressure to be like all of the other girls in her class. Her admiration for Einstein, who periodically pops up in her imagination, complicates and eventually helps her along her journey. Combines early rock-n-roll, swing, and classical music.

Book, Music and Lyrics by Sara Wordsworth and Russ Kaplan. Directed by Josh Penzell.

Featuring Sarah Lasko, Michael Lorz, Evan Teich, Lindsay Bayer and Angela Travino,


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Ballerina Swan (2013)

Ballerina Swan captures the ‘Heart & Soul’ of NYC ballet dancing (Time Out NY Kids)

The play truly captures the heart & soul of New York City ballet dancing, and recreated it in such a way that it appeals to children. As a parent, I enjoyed the positive message of believing in yourself and pursuing your dreams, no matter the obstacle.

While the recommended ages are three to eight, my two-year-old daughter was in awe of the dancing, and her eyes were glued to the stage the entire time.

The underlying message of the story really resonates with children and their parents—despite the obstacles you many encounter in life, and no matter what someone tells you, realize your dreams, pursue your passion and keep on practicing. Most of all, don’t give up!

— Brianne Manz, Time Out NY Kids on Ballerina Swan

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Ballerina Swan (2013)

NY Times Reviews “Charming” Ballerina Swan

the new york times logoThe dancing throughout “Ballerina Swan” is charming — including, at a recent Saturday matinee, the movements of the young children in attendance. Most ballet audiences suffer through the antics of restless youngsters; here it was encouraged, the elegant performer Elizabeth Washington leading children through amusingly vague approximations of basic ballet steps.

Smartly constructed puppets and children’s ballet foibles can be adult pleasures, too. And if one measure of shows for young audiences is how much adults will suffer, well, “Ballerina Swan” is a mostly painless 50 minutes

— Claudia Rocco, The New York Times on Ballerina Swan

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