Spare Times: For Children, for July 13-19
By LAUREL GRAEBER
Published: July 12, 2012
‘Everything About School (Almost)’ (Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday through Thursday) It’s not too early to think about school, especially when it’s done with singing, dancing and humor. That’s certainly true in this musical revival from Tada! Youth Theater, with a book by Eric Rockwell and a score and lyrics by Mr. Rockwell and a variety of writers. The subjects touched on include gym class, cafeteria food and young love, as the characters progress from second grade through high school. (Through Aug. 4.) Fridays, and Tuesdays through Thursdays, at noon and 2 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 4 p.m. The noon shows this Friday and Tuesday are sold out, as are both Thursday shows. Tada! Theater, 15 West 28th Street, Manhattan, (212) 252-1619, Ext. 128, tadatheater.com; $15; $8 for 16 and under; $25 and $15 for premium seats.
As a hardcore theater geek, one of the things I love most about spring is the new crop of shows that blooms every year. And even though there's a lot of action on Broadway right now, there are plenty of smaller, less expensive but just as enjoyable kids' productions playing in New York City.
We've gone through all of the listings and picked out the best shows bowing on NYC stages this season. While a couple are at the New Victory (you can't really do a roundup of quality family theater in this town without mentioning 'em), we're also shining a spotlight on less well known theaters and troupes. From circus feats to fractured fairy tales, pop-rock musicals to page-to-stage adaptations, here are our top 13 kids' shows playing this spring.
Up to You – Chelsea
Friday, April 27-Sunday, May 20. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
TADA! Youth Theater
15 West 28th Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue
$20-$25 for adults, $8-$15 for children
Ages 5 and up
I'm really looking forward to this musical about a tense student council election in a fictional high school. Despite being set in the late '70s, the show explores challenges facing kids today, like peer acceptance, bullying and wanting to be popular. Since it's performed by local kids and based on the experiences of composer and book writer Eric Rockwell, it's sure to feel real.