In 1938, Richard and Florence Atwater wrote a children’s book called Mr. Popper’s Penguins which has been entertaining young readers for 3 generations. It’s a story about a small town house painter named Mr. Popper and his wife. They live with their two children in Stillwater, Oklahoma, a small town where nothing much happens and everyone knows each other. For the Poppers, that’s enough to set them dreaming of bigger things like…let’s see…traveling to Antarctica, maybe? But before the Poppers can pack their parkas, Antarctica finds its way to them.
Since its publication Mr. Popper’s Penguins has seen quite a bit of success including a film of the same name starring Jim Carey…loosely based on the book.
Now the Poppers have hit the stage. One of my favorite New York City stages in fact: The New Victory Theater – which by the way, if you haven’t taken your kids to yet, you really must. The New Victory showcases children’s theater productions for all age ranges, from all over the world, and I have yet to be disappointed.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a 55 minute musical with no intermission. It’s a show recommended for children ages 4 to 7, and I … Continue reading..