Closing Up Shop: Walmartopia to End Run December 30
By Dan Bacalzo
Bradley Dean, Nikki M. James and Cheryl Freeman in Walmartopia (© Carol Rosegg) The Off-Broadway musical Walmartopia, currently playing The Mine
Philadelphia Kids Spotlight: November '07
By Cooper Robb
Embark on a magical trip to Neverland with the delightful musical Peter Pan (November 6-January 6) at the Walnut Street Theatre. Based on J.M. Barrie's classic adventure story, the 1954 musical's score includes the agreeable numbers "I'm Flying" and "I've Got to Crow." Cary Michel Miller stars as the boy "who wouldn't grow up" and Paul Schoeffler (fresh off his sterling performance as Don Quixote in the Walnut's Man of La Mancha) appears as Captain Hook.
LA Kids Spotlight: November '07
By Les Spindle
Anaheim's Chance Theatre presents the Orange County premiere of Anne of Green Gables -- The Musical (November 9-December 23), Joseph Robinette and Evelyn D. Swensson's adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's early-20th-century series of novels, a surefire attraction for young girls. South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa offers David Wood's adaptation of Roald Dahl's tale, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant, November 4-18.) Nine O'Clock Players present Carol Weiss' original musical, Alice!, a looking-glass adventure (Hollywood's Walter Lantz Theatre, October 28-December 2). Cerritos Center for the Arts hosts A Garfield Christmas (November 23-25), featuring the fat-cat movie star and his friends.
London Kids Spotlight: November '07
By David Finkle
A ride from the West End, the Told By an Idiot crowd is presenting Beauty and the Beast (November 29-January 5). The show features live music and stars Lisa Hammond in the title role. Experience all the sparkling humour and dazzling theatrical invention that have become the trademark of Christmas shows at the Lyric Hammersmith. It's first-rate festive fun for all the family!
Las Vegas Kids Spotlight: January '08
Forget the pricey pyrotechnics of Cirque du Soleil, and run over to Circus Circus to see amazing feats at The World's Largest Permanent Circus. Every half hour from 11am to midnight, every single day, world-renowned circus acts perform live. Different acts perform at each interval, so you can get hours of enchanting family-friendly entertainment for free.
August, Olin, Stormare, et al. to Remember Ingmar Bergman at BAM
Ingmar Bergman (© Reuters) Bibi Andersson, Pernilla August, Lena Endre, Lena Olin, and Peter Stormare will take part in a special free event, BAM Remembers I
Florida Kids Spotlight: November '07
Plenty of family entertainment can be found at The Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale. Catch The Tweaksters on November 2, If You Give a Pig a Party on November 3, Legends of Sleepy Hollow on the sixth, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular on the eighth, and Charlotte's Web on the ninth. Also, on November 3, the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center invites you to bring the family to WHOOPS. The physical comedy follows a trio of dim witted employees of the Worldwide Handlers Of Outgoing Packages Service. As the three find mishaps in every box, slapstick comedy abounds.
Jay O. Sanders to Emcee Purchase College 40th Anniversary Gala
Jay O. Sanders (© Joseph Marzullo/WENN) Jay O. Sanders, who is currently starring as Alfred P. Doolittle in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Pygma
DC Metro Kids Spotlight: November '07
For the kids, Imagination Stage has the east coast premiere of the new show from the creators of Seussical, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Twice Upon a Time: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax and The Emperor's New Clothes (November 23 - January 13) is based on the two familiar tales of the title.