This riotous all-ages morality tale invites the whole family to take part in the 300-year-old theatrical tradition of the panto. More…
'Jack & the Beanstalk' brings tap-dancing animals, pie fights, cross-dressing characters and the most glittery of sets to the Lower East Side. Inherently irreverent and lightly political, 'Jack & the Beanstalk' is a celebration of the classic tale, where good eventually triumphs over evil. Get ready to cheer the heroes, boo the villains, and look out behind you!
"As a newcomer to the genre, I was instantly converted by this funny, big-hearted and utterly charming production, and I hope it will set an example for local family programming for many holidays to come...The show keeps a light touch when it comes to pointed references, preferring to deliver a message of inclusion and generosity — along with copious helpings of delectably terrible puns, of course. Fine, Britain, you win: We will have panto." Full Review
"Many shows for kids preach diversity, community and acceptance, but the gleeful, glittery and gangly 'Jack & the Beanstalk' embodies those qualities...Although it's a bit too long and frequently messy, 'Jack & the Beanstalk' rarely droops, thanks to David Quinn's glorious costumes, plenty of audience interaction and a variety of exuberant performances. If you’re a culture-loving lefty...this inclusive and exuberant mayhem will leave you overjoyed and hopeful for the battles to come." Full Review
"For children’s theatre, this production is on the longer side at just under two hours (with intermission), but remains engaging throughout. There is flash, charm, and interaction for the younger audience, and cleverly crafted entendre to keep an older audience entertained...Most importantly for a family show, the diversity onstage – performers of different sizes, abilities, ethnicities, ages, gender identities, etc. – expresses the spirit of the community in which the play is produced." Full Review
“The musical shares with much political theatre and current burlesque a semi-amateur, homemade character, which proves endearing and fun as long as the script keeps things moving...At a few points the drama puttered to a stop. It doesn’t help that Fraser’s writing lacks bite...Coming to the rescue are the delightfully outlandish costumes, the iconic pop tunes for which Fraser has fashioned new lyrics, and the cast’s uniformly excellent singing." Full Review
See it if you want to be a kid at the theater again, yelling and shouting back at characters, laughing and enjoying a great cast of all ages.
Don't see it if You want your fairytales as they were in the storybook.
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