I have an emphatic love for the theater. My mom would take me to Broadway shows when I was younger and I was always enthralled by the performances. I love them all musical, drama or comedies. I eagerly want to instill the same love in Andre. It can be expensive for tickets so I am thankful for the New Victory Theater. We have been going to shows for a few years now. Luckily, he has enjoyed them all. We are excited for next month’s newest production Pinocchio.
The classic tale about a wooden boy with a nose for trouble gets remastered in the psychedelic rock musical Pinocchio,making its U.S. premiere at The New Victory Theater from March 13 – March 22, 2015. Winner of two 2014 Helpmann Awards for Best New Australian Work and Best Presentation for Children, Pinocchio comes to New York after a successful run at the Sydney Opera House.
Tenderly tooled by the lonely Gepetto, Pinocchio takes a walk on the wild side when the need to belong gives way to temptations of fun, fame and the dream of becoming a real boy. With bold ballads, angsty anthems and a plot knotted with tabloid twists, this 21st-century reimagining reflects Carlo Collodi’s original 19th-century novel in which naughty children get their comeuppance and redemption. Direct from the creative team behind the award-winning productions ofWizard of Oz (2009) and School Dance (2013), Pinocchio continues to gather accolades everywhere it is performed. Last seen by an audience of over 13,000 at the Sydney Opera House it was lauded as “a merry-go-round of clever comedy, edgy music, immersing animated visuals and winning performances,” by the Sydney Morning Herald and a “really brilliant musical for kids,” by Time Out Sydney, among other rave reviews.
Pinocchio features the cream of the crop of Australia’s musical theater talent, including Nathan O’Keefe (Masquerade,Griffin Theatre/STCSA; The Comedy of Errors, Bell Shakespeare/STCSA; and Grug, Windmill Theatre, New Vic 2013) in the title role with multi-Helpmann Award winning stage legend Paul Capsis (Calpurnia Descending, Sydney Theatre Company; Angela’s Kitchen, Griffin Theatre; Boulevard Delirium, Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Opera House) as the twisted Stromboli and acclaimed actor and singer Mitchell Butel (The Venetian Twins, Queensland Theatre Company;The Mikado, Opera Australia; Avenue Q) as Foxy. Windmill’s multi-award-winning resident designer and visual artist,Jonathon Oxlade (2011 Ruby Award for Best Performance, School Dance; 2009 Matilda Award for Best Designer,Attack of the Attacking Attackers) also puppeteers and plays the role of Cricket. The talented cast of Pinocchio also includes Danielle Catanzariti as Blue Girl, Jude Henshall as Kitty Poo and Alirio Zavarce as Geppetto. The creative team includes Rosemary Myers (Artistic Director, Windmill Theatre), director and creator; Julianne O’Brien, writer; Jonathon Oxlade, designer; Jethro Woodward, composer and musical director; Chris More, video designer; Geoff Cobham, lighting designer; and Carol Wellman Kelly, movement.
Pinocchio has a running time of 2 hours including one intermission. Tickets for PINOCCHIO at The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street) are $10, $13, $18 or $25 for Members based on seat locations, with full price tickets starting at $15. Theatergoers who buy tickets for three or more NEW VICTORY shows qualify for free Membership, with benefits including up to 35-percent savings on tickets all season long, invitations to special events and unlimited free ticket exchanges.
Purchase tickets online or by phone at 646-223-3010. The NEW VICTORY box office (209 West 42nd Street) is open Sunday and Monday from 11am-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm. For more information, visit the NEW VICTORY website.