At a time when best-selling children’s books are as dark as Twilight and The Hunger Games, both of which burned up the bestseller lists and landed high-profile movie deals, a beloved childhood favorite has managed to carve a place for itself in the busy New York theater scene with a family-friendly show that offers pure fun—and a few lessons.
The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical, a stage adaptation of The Berenstain Bears, the nearly 50-year-old series of children’s books created by Stan and Jan Berenstain, continues what was to be a limited summer run of performances with a move to the Upper West Side’s Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater.
This move comes after an initial Off-Broadway production at the Manhattan Movie and Arts Center (MMAC) that exceeded all expectations. “We thought we would have a nice summer run and then that would be it,” explained producer Matt Murphy. “We had no idea how popular this show would prove to be. We are finding audiences from all over—Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, New Jersey—it is even starting to attract a tourist audience now!” Murphy credits positive critical reviews for much of the show’s attention.
– To read the full review by Doug Strassler, head to Our Town…