Mr. Popper's Penguins
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Mr. Popper's Penguins

Mr. Popper's Penguins NYC Reviews and Tickets

(12 Reviews)
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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.

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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.

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.

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
October 20th, 2016

"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."
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Stage Buddy
October 17th, 2016

"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."
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The Mama Maven
October 17th, 2016

"'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."
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Motherhood Later
October 19th, 2016

"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."
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The Stage (UK)
December 14th, 2015
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."
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