New York | 0h 55m | Already closed

Mr. Popper's Penguins

From 5 critic and 12 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Clever, Great staging

About the show

Kenny Wax Family Entertainment and TC Beech present a musical adaptation of the beloved children's novel about a married couple who end up adopting a pack of penguins. More…

In the small town of Stillwater, Mr. and Mrs. Popper are pleasant, practical, predictable people. But when a package for the Poppers produces a penguin, chaos waddles into their lives. Soon, the Poppers open their home and hearts to not one, not two, but to a bunch of boisterous black and white birds! Best for ages 4 to 7.

0h 55m | Already closed | The New Victory Theater (Midtown W)

The Mama Maven

"'Mr. Popper's Penguins' is a mini-musical that's short and perfect for introducing young kids to musicals...Clocking in at 55 minutes, the show is perfectly suited for four-year-olds and up. Older kids, ages 8 or 9, will also find it amusing...The musical numbers perfectly match the story and atmosphere and the penguin puppets are absolutely adorable." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Director Emma Earle presents fun that actually delivers for the whole family...In Earle’s capable hands, 'Mr. Popper’s Penguins' shines as a show that kept the kids in the audience enthralled without forgetting about their parents...Music by composer Luke Bateman and lyricist Richy Hughes helped the show pop, capturing at once the show’s yearning, love, and whimsy...The show’s puppet makers create a sparkling and adorable solution that brightens the stage." Full Review

Motherhood Later

"It’s a show recommended for children ages 4 to 7, and I would say that’s pretty accurate. My son is approaching 9, but he loved every minute of it…so you might be able to push the age range a little. For the little ones, it may be a tad slow at the onset but that changes rapidly when the first penguin appears...The hit of the whole show being the theme song itself: 'Mr. Popper’s Penguins.' It will stick in your head (I’m humming it now) and make you think of Broadway." Full Review

The New York Times

"Children may wish the birds were real, but Nick Barnes’s ingenious life-size puppets may be the next-best thing. Those endearing creatures steal the show...Unfortunately, this staging doesn’t include the Poppers’ two children, who might have provided some welcome nonavian action. But the show does offer visual surprises and often involves its young audience...Children under 9 will most appreciate the show...It never soars, but its cuteness is hard to resist." Full Review

The Stage (UK)

for a previous production "A string of witty 1950s-influenced songs adds extra theatrical magic to an increasingly zany narrative that celebrates the triumph of imagination over conformity. Emma Earle’s swiftly moving, clearly articulated production offers visual delights too, especially seeing a totally convincing cast gradually change the set from the homely predictability of a world where everyone is expected to fit in, to an anarchic penguin-filled one…A show that radiates warmth throughout." Full Review

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if You want to laugh

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor

Lovely, Heart-warming, Enchanting, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you absolutely love the good old tale.

Don't see it if you don't like children musicals.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny, Must see

See it if you want to see one of the best show for children. Intelligent, funny, great direction great actors. You'll become again a child for 1 hour

Don't see it if you hate penguins stories. No, seriously, you have to bring your kids to see this show !

Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if love the book, clever songs and really cute execution

Don't see it if don't have kids

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great staging

See it if You enjoy children's theatre using puppets. The acting, directing and singing are just delightful. My 5 year old granddaughter + I loved it

Don't see it if You are looking for a sophisticated show like Harry Potter. This is aimed at younger children with easy to follow plot and using puppets.

Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You have young kids or enjoy kids' shows, like musicals and puppetry, as well as great staging and acting

Don't see it if You get bored with kids' shows, you don't enjoy musicals


See it if You've got kids or young relatives itching to are a show.

Don't see it if You're an adult and aren't interested in children's theater.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Adorable, clever, fun

See it if you have a child who likes penguins and a creative storytelling syle

Don't see it if you don't want to watch a story slowly unfold.

Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Kid-perfect, Sweet

See it if the kids enjoyed the movie and are ready for a live show and a truly exhilarating new experience. Kids loved it, laughed and sang along.

Don't see it if other kids' loud vocal participation irks you. This one's for the whole family and it would be great if it came back to The New Victory.

Disappointing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You want something easy to watch to take your kids to

Don't see it if You want something serious or something with an actual story

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Must see

See it if Fantastic entertainment. Beautifully crafted story, perfect for kids from 4-9 but unlike much childrens theatre, parents will love it too.

Don't see it if you don't have kids and don't like musicals.

Clever, Funny, Great staging

See it if You enjoy comedy

Don't see it if You hate penguins

Cast & Creatives (16)