The anticipated musical If You Give a Mouse a Cookie squeaks into the Lucille Lortel. Also, camp memories are re-lived at the TADA! Theater, brave Margaret battles at giant in Brooklyn, The Lion King finds a new home, and theaters stay busy in Long Island.
Another musical, Everything About Camp (Almost) offers a nostalgia trip that will tickle both parents and their children. Set at Camp Ichikawooeemakohooyahoo, it follows the lives of campers playing, gossiping, storytelling, and forming lifelong friendships. The scenes were created by Michael Slade, and fifteen artists collaborated on the music and lyrics. (July 7-29, TADA!)
The Lady Cavalier Theatre Company has always traded in fearsome stage combat. Now, they have a new weapon to show off in the famous Irish folk legend The Adventures of Margaret the Brave. It tells the story of a wily young woman who sets out to save Prince Simon from a fearsome giant. During her journey, she encounters and vanquishes monsters from Celtic lore, procures a magical ring from a mysterious sorceress, and uses an enchanted sword against a great enemy. This story is for all the young girls who never wanted to play with dolls. (July 19-28, ART/NY at South Oxford Street in Brooklyn)
The Lion King just moved out of the New Amsterdam Theatre to make way for Mary Poppins this fall. Its new stomping grounds are the Minskoff Theatre, where Simba the cub, Timon the meerkat, and Pumbaa the warthog will be going on their journey to discover the fate of the Pride Lands. Besides being a Disney mega-hit, it's the work of the legendary director Julie Taymor and a classic story. If you've seen it before, here's a perfect excuse to see it again.