Before Really Rosie became a stage production, the Carole King-Maurice Sendak collaboration was a beloved half-hour cartoon television special. Inspired by Sendak's Nutshell Library series of children's books, the work musicalized classics like "Pierre," "Alligators All Around," "One Was Johnny," and, perhaps the best known, "Chicken Soup With Rice." If you're heading to New York City Center this weekend to see the show's final Encores! Off-Center performances, this refresher is a good place to start.

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