Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

Bring your child’s favorite book to life and go see Pinkalicious, The Musical, now in its fifth year! Commissioned by NYC’s Vital Theatre Company, this theatrical gem is based on the popular children’s book Pinkalicious by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann and is perfect for kids ages 2-10 (not to mention their parents).

The show is playing every Saturday and Sunday at 11am at the gorgeous facility, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, located right off West End Avenue on 60th Street (park at Alliance Garage a few doors down for only $10). I brought my 3-year-old son for a ‘day at the theatre’ and what a day it was! After a quick-a-licious ride into the city from New Jersey, we both enjoyed this high quality production showcasing immensely talented performers in a beautiful theatre facility that we definitely intend on visiting more often! Like the book, the live production and songs were fun and catchy (they kept the interest of my 3-year-old the entire time) and the impressive set, props and costumes rounded out this very professional Off-Broadway production. It was a highly entertaining show with meaningful messages about being beautiful just as you are, as well as the importance of eating your greens (I’ve already referenced the show and got my son to finish the broccoli on his plate)! There are also some nice sub-plots about having more fun together as a family and embracing who you truly are (even if that means you’re a boy who likes the color…gasp…pink!).

We truly had a blast! And as if all that wasn’t enough, my son got autographs and pictures with each of the cast members after the show (there’s also plenty of tempting Pinkalicious merchandise available for purchase, not to mention tasty cupcakes to snack on). All in all, a wonderful afternoon spent with my son that I will remember and treasure always.

Families living in and around New York City (and elsewhere thanks to the touring company) are fortunate to have Vital Theatre Company bringing such quality theatre into our children’s lives. My family is sure to enjoy all of Vital’s productions in the years to come. For tickets and to learn more, visit http://www.vitaltheatre.org or http://www.pinkaliciousthemusical.com.

Book and lyrics by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann, and music, lyrics and orchestrations by John Gregor. The musical adaptation is directed by Teresa K. Pond with choreography by Dax Valdes and musical direction by Jad Bernardo.

Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
248 W. 60th Street?(Btw Amsterdam and West End Avenue)

Originally published March 2012
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