Part of FringeNYC: Santa Claus has been kidnapped! A band of Fairy Tale Villains plan to make all the Fairy Tale Heroes change the endings of their stories, putting an end to 'Happily Ever After' forever! More…
Categories: FringeJR, Musical/Opera, Local. From M. Scott McLean in Association with John Davisi. Written by M. Scott McLean, Music & Lyrics by M. Scott McLean & Michael McLean. Directed by MK Lawson. Choreographed by MK Lawson. Featuring Jennifer Byrne as Agatha/Sleeping Beauty, Katie Goffman as Imogene/Belle/Pinocchio, Josh Greenblatt as Goldman/Princes, George Slotin as Giant.
FROM THE ARTIST:
Santa Claus has been kidnapped! A band of Evil Fairy Tale Villains, lead by Cinderella’s step mother, are holding Santa and all of his toys for a ransom—hoping to force all of the GOOD fairy tale characters to change the endings of their stories!
M. Scott McLean in association with John Davisi is proud to present FAIRY TALE CHRISTMAS: THE MUSICAL as part of the 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC.
Directed & Choreographed by MK Lawson, Book by M. Scott McLean, Music & Lyrics by M. Scott McLean & Michael McLean.
Based on the children's novella, Fairy Tale Christmas by Michael McLean and M. Scott McLean.
Jennifer Byrne* as Agatha/Sleeping Beauty
Courtney Capek* as Medoza/Snow White
Dan Corica* as Santa/Barnaby
Katie Goffman* as Imogene/Belle/Pinocchio
Josh Greenblatt* as Goldman/All Princes
George Slotin* as the Giant
And Adrien Swenson as Drama Queen/Cinderella.
* These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. Music Supervision by McKay Crockett, Music Direction by Caleb Hoyer.
“The music by M. Scott McLean and Michael McLean is high energy, fun, and memorable - you’re guaranteed to walk away with a song or two playing in your head...The dialogue and lyrics are more on the sophisticated side for children’s theater, making this show perhaps better suited to ages eight and older...A wonderful family show with great messages of love and the spirit of giving that parents will enjoy just as much as their children..” Full Review
"Although some of the visual elements are lean, the McLean men have come up with some wit…Wisely, they ground the doings in humor…However, there were many instances of too-advanced vocabulary and wordy speeches and the cardinal sin of telling instead of showing, which also can make children confused and tune out…This could use some trimming…There’s some refreshing repartee and splendid ideas…When things clicked, this Christmas in August really rang the jingle bell." Full Review
See it if want to see a high octane, superiorly talented cast deliver a message musical with great heart, want 2 see what all Fringe should aspire to
Don't see it if you think a children's show at Fringe cannot affect you emotionally or if you cannot admire the skill[s] that comprise this piece
See it if you want to see a clever musical full of great choreography and exceptional acting (great expressions!) and staging. I give it an A- grade.
Don't see it if you struggle with a slow start and a couple of songs that miss the mark. Also, don't see it if you don't know the fairy tale characters.
See it if you want polished, inventive kids' show w/crisp choreography, & deft actors who delight you with their effortless, nuanced choices.
Don't see it if you're tired of amplified music that overwhelms voices; you'd like to hear the lyrics; you want something other than the Broadway formula.