Cool Characters on Tour

If you happen to live in Canada, know that Caillou is making an appearance near you! Here is the link for tour dates, of which there are only two. Let’s hope that they decide to come to the U.S. as well! We will definitely keep you posted if that’s the case :)

 Thankfully, there are some other great shows touring in the United States featuring your favorite characters:

Angelina Ballerina: The Musical is showing at Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, New York, NY, between Park and Madison Avenues, from Sun. May 6th, 2012 – Sun. May 20th, 2012.

Pinkalicious

Pinkalicious: The Musical is playing at the MMAC in New York through July 1st, 2012 and in Chicago through August 5. Canadians won’t miss out, either, with the show running in Toronto through June 24.

If you go to see Pinkalicious, be prepared to dress up in your finest pink attire. In the show, Pinkalicious Pinkerton tries to survive on pink cupcakes alone, all vegetables aside! Throughout the show, Pinkalicious learns the value of eating healthy, listening to her mom and dad, and living in moderation. The show includes live music, and the tickets are reasonably priced.

Tickets for Angelina and Pinkalicious are available through https://iseats.net/

Have you seen the show? If so, what did you think?

Shrek the Musical headed to Broadway

Shrek the Musical!

Personally, I’m a longtime fan of the Shrek franchise, and let’s just say that I had my doubts about this one. I did. But apparently it was a huge hit this summer in Seattle, where the show debuted. Here’s a taste:

And here’s Larry Osterman, who saw it in Seattle and predicts it will be a Broadway smash:

This show’s going to be BIG when it hits Broadway. I’m talking Hairspray big.

It’s one of the funniest shows I’ve seen in a really long time. The main characters are brilliant, and the writing is very funny.

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One very nice touch in the show is that just as the movie of Shrek had lots of clever references to classic fairy tales, the musical version of Shrek is filled with clever references to other Broadway shows[1]. For instance, there’s a scene where the fairy tale characters are all interviewed by Lord Farquaad (the villain). The characters all stand in a line on stage and Farquaad interviews them using the “G_d Mike” (as Daniel calls it). The characters then sing a clever song about how they want Farquaad to pick them. It’s a pastiche of A Chorus Line.

(Osterman’s commenters disagree, but he certainly seems sold….)

Previews begin on Broadway on November 8th, 2008. You can get ticket information online, if you’re so inclined.

Don’t forget to visit the Shrek Store here at Ty’s for all things Shrek!

And don’t forget—you have until Saturday to enter to win Teddy Ruxpin from Ty’s!

July heat brings August… ice?

Disney on Ice, that is. Obviously.

As if the Disney on Ice phenomenon wasn’t already an empire unto itself, the latest incarnation is hitting the country next month with all-new bells and whistles:

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy takes flight this fall as Feld Entertainment’s newest ice spectacular, featuring four fun-filled classic and current Disney stories. Set to launch on a 70 city, two-year tour in August 2008, Worlds of Fantasy showcases beloved characters from Disney/Pixar’s Cars, Disney’s The Lion King and The Little Mermaid, as well as a live debut of the magical cast of new Fairies from the highly anticipated October 28th DVD and Blu-ray(TM) release of Walt Disney Pictures Tinker Bell.

In a captivating “fairy tale” segment, audiences will enter into the wondrous world of Pixie Hollow and meet the Disney Fairies from Tinker Bell. The entire ice floor will transform into springtime, as the fairies’ magical role in the mysteries of nature is finally revealed. For the tour’s first nine cities, Worlds of Fantasy performs before the movie releases in the U.S., serving as a sneak preview of the enchantment to come.

The piece details the other new features of this upcoming tour, including:

A bonus experience, complimentary with ticket purchase, the Disney Princess Pre-Show will tour nationally for the first time in Feld Entertainment history. Prior to each Worlds of Fantasy performance, families will be treated to an exclusive collection of enchanting ball gowns and mementos from the Disney Princess stories. The exhibit features beautiful settings for photo opportunities.

Do you have a little girl who’s a Disney Princess fan? I think this Pre-Show may well blow her little mind. Just sayin’.

You can learn more, check the schedule, and purchase tickets through the official Disney site. Hey, consider it a simple way to cool off in the summer heat, thinking about your favorite characters on ice. Heh.

Little House takes to the (musical) stage

Little House on the Prairie the musical. Can you really blame me? But maybe you live in Minnesota, or are planning to visit Minnesota, and can get on over to the Guthrie Theater to check it out.

My intrigue is based on several things. First and foremost, there was nothing I loved better than Little House when I was a kid. I read my set of books to tatters, and I never missed an episode on television. As far as I was concerned, Melissa Gilbert was Laura Ingalls. I had dreams about putting Nellie Oleson in her place. And I would be embarrassed about all of this except that I know all of this was true of every other girl my age, too.

And my daughter devoured the series, too, which made me happier than it should’ve, probably.

Anyway, I think it should’ve come as no surprise to anyone that the upcoming show broke the Guthrie’s box office record:

Tickets for the Guthrie world premiere of Little House on the Prairie, the new musical based on the series of books of the same name, went on sale June 27.

During that first day, 5,461 tickets to the musical were sold, breaking all previous box office records. Previous record holders included the 2007 Guthrie WorldStage presentation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear (3,639 tickets sold in one day) and the 2006 staging of the annual holiday show A Christmas Carol (1,363 tickets sold in one day).

Right. Obviously! I mean, Melissa Gilbert is playing Ma. That sort of makes my brain hurt, but for the most part I think it’s really, really cool.

Sail away with Nickelodeon

Ever seen those commercials for various cruises where they promise that Junior will have just as much fun as Mom and Dad, thanks to the special activities they have on board for kids? Has anyone besides me ever regarded such ads with a bit of disbelief? I mean, sure, in the commercial the kids are hanging out at the “Kids Klub” and having a blast, but we all know that in reality, little Jimmy clings to Mom’s leg and sobs while the disinterested teen in charge cracks her gum and checks her watch.

(Not that I’ve ever been on a cruise. I am just a pessimist like that.)

Anyway, who knows—maybe regular cruises really are loads of fun for little kids… but I doubt it. The Disney Cruise, sure, that makes sense as a family option that will be a big hit with kids. I get that. And now there’s another contender: Nickelodeon is hitting the high seas:

Taking place on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, the largest ship in the cruise industry with a capacity of more than 4,000 passengers, the “Nickelodeon Family Cruise with Royal Caribbean” will match the family-friendly amenities of Freedom of the Seas with a packed schedule of Nickelodeon activities and entertainment. The cruise will visit four exotic Western Caribbean destinations including: Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and a special stop at Royal Caribbean’s private beach destination, Labadee, which will be Nickelodeon-themed.

In some ways, I could see “selling” your kids on the idea of Nickelodeon Island almost easier than Disney. Think about it—it can’t possibly be as crowded as visiting the Magic Kingdom. And the entertainment roster looks like a little kid’s delight:

The “Nickelodeon Family Cruise by Royal Caribbean” will offer an experience complete with Nick-themed on-board activities such as live game shows featuring the trademark Nickelodeon slime; visits with kids’ favorite Nick characters like Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants; appearances by the network’s live-action stars; and much more. In addition, Freedom of the Seas offers a multitude of activities, including the FlowRider surf simulator, the H2O Zone water park, an ice skating rink, a nine-hole mini-golf course, 10-route rock-climbing wall, and full-size basketball court.

You know, I’ve always wanted to meet SpongeBob….

Reservations opened up yesterday; see the August itinerary here and start thinking about whether or not you have a suitable bathing suit, and if a life-size Dora will make your kid cry. Not necessarily in that order.