Dear Albert Einstein

Year(s) Produced: 2014
A new musical that combines early rock-n-roll, swing, and classical music to tell the story of a young girl's path to self-discovery

About Dear Albert Einstein

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.

Show Credits

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

Starring:

  • Lindsay Bayer
  • Sarah Lasko
  • Michael Lorz
  • Evan Teich
  • Angela Travino

What Audiences are Saying about Dear Albert Einstein

‘Inventive and Creative’

[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 
Relays an Important Message: “Be Yourself”!

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
Strikes the Right Balance Between Seriousness and Fun

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
The Message Hit Home for my Daughter!

I bought my 11-year-old and 10-year-old son to see Dear Albert Einstein this past weekend. I truly enjoyed every minute of it. Besides musically engaging, the libretto was immensely clever. My son was intrigued with Einstein’s life and went home to research him. I think that the message – don’t abandon your interests and skills just because they are ‘unpopular’ – hit home for my daughter. So thank you and the staff of NYCCT for bringing this to life.”

— Audience Member
‘Inventive and Creative’

[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 
Relays an Important Message: “Be Yourself”!

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
Strikes the Right Balance Between Seriousness and Fun

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
The Message Hit Home for my Daughter!

I bought my 11-year-old and 10-year-old son to see Dear Albert Einstein this past weekend. I truly enjoyed every minute of it. Besides musically engaging, the libretto was immensely clever. My son was intrigued with Einstein’s life and went home to research him. I think that the message – don’t abandon your interests and skills just because they are ‘unpopular’ – hit home for my daughter. So thank you and the staff of NYCCT for bringing this to life.”

— Audience Member
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