Opens Sep 28

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Great staging
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Critics
89
16 reviews
Members
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42 reviews
 

This page-to-stage hit returns to NYC for an encore run featuring puppet adaptations of four stories by children's author/illustrator Eric Carle.

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Eric Carle's well-known picture books captivate young readers with their hand-painted, tissue-paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, this hour-long family show is a faithful adaptation of four of his most beloved tales: "Brown Bear, Brown Bear," "10 Little Rubber Ducks," "The Very Lonely Firefly," and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." 

 
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Reviews (58)

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89
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85
The New York Times

"This production, which will mesmerize audience members as young as 2, doesn’t so much adapt four of Mr. Carle’s picture books as animate them. You could swear that the stories’ creatures had stretched, stood up, shaken themselves and lumbered, leapt, sailed or flown off the page...The show saves 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' for last...Like Mr. Carle, he proves to be a master of artful transformation, beginning with the simple only to arrive at the bedazzling." Full Review

85
The Huffington Post

"The theater is perfect for the show and the kids. This is a colorful production, loaded with gentle messages wrapped in an engaging presentation. If you're looking for young kids' introduction to theater, this is it." Full Review

90
Times Square Chronicles

"This adorable production from Australia is magical with it’s puppetry and the perfect first theatre show for children…I really loved the work by The Puppet Kitchen and found their creations delightful...The good news is parents will be just as entertained as their youngsters due to the creative sets, scarves and puppets." Full Review

85
CurtainUp

"Grab your youngster and head straight to the 47th Street Theatre for this family-friendly show with its 75 colorful puppets. It's faithful to the original stories that kids have loved for decades...The puppeteers use a light-handed touch and keep the puppets moving across the stage at a brisk clip, inviting the audience into a world where magical animals have adventures and do extraordinary things." Full Review

90
NY Theatre Guide

"The puppets themselves, 75 in all, are well-crafted and big enough and colorful enough to grab the attention of the most distracted Wiggle fan…The result was a house full of kids having a great time. They were encouraged to laugh, clap, call out, in short, to be kids, and they did…'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' creates little theatre fans, and that is the entire point of theatre for children. My 2-year-old granddaughter already is asking when we are going again." Full Review

95
The Mama Maven

"Absolutely endearing! Everything about it is top-notch! The skilled puppeteers take turns narrating the stories and the puppets, created by The Puppet Kitchen, are beautifully done and true to the original collage illustrations in the books." Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

"In an era when children’s entertainment is often a flamboyant bonanza constantly bombarding the senses, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' show feels refreshingly personal and unassuming. The set, costumes, and script are modest, but colorful, and the production is minimal, except for the sheer number of vibrant puppets...Jonathan Rockefeller has created a charming four-part show based on Eric Carle’s classic books...The small-scale production feels both familiar and exciting." Full Review

90
Off Off Online

"Everyone from all different backgrounds can relate to the deeper meaning in these four stories...The cast has worked hard to get the characters to step off the page. They have forged living, breathing creatures by manipulating the puppets in a realistic way and paying attention to each animal, insect, and human characterization…The puppets aren’t the only thing that makes this show great. 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show' has both illusion and spectacle." Full Review

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Mommy Poppins

"It’s never easy to successfully adapt a popular book for stage or film nor to keep a theater full of toddlers and preschoolers engaged and seated for an hour. Yet the latest stage adaptation of Eric Carle’s beloved [stories] does all that and more…It’s earnest, colorful, artsy and will hold your kid in awe for 60 solid minutes…With minimal narration, the production is a visual feast that relies on the bright colors and personalities of Carle's characters to take center stage. " Full Review

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New York Theatre Review

"The stage was bare and white, and I thought how thoroughly the experimental aesthetic of downtown theater had traveled uptown. Minimalism is a perfect match for children's theatricals, in which creators want to guide the child through the narrative and not overwhelm...The show was fun and engaging, but the experience of being in the audience, with the other parents anxious for their children to glean every last bit of entertainment from the piece, was too disheartening for the ticket price." Full Review

85
The Culture Mom

"For toddlers, it was magical, most kids in the audience were glued to the stage, the colors, gentle music, the soft voices of the actors, the familiarity of the pictures and very slow movements made it familiar and interesting…The play was very true to the books. It’s also great for a first theater event, good for babies and their older siblings who like to show off how much they know." Full Review

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Newsday

"The show was very creative and we think it is great for kids ages 10 and younger. The show was very colorful and the music was just a perfect match to the actors and the puppets! There were lots of decorations and puppets. We rate it five smiles for all children." Full Review

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Teacher Types

for a previous production "We went to see 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show' and were absolutely in awe for the whole 50 minutes. It was the perfect choice for a toddler's first live show. Four Eric Carle stories were so cleverly told with the use of puppets and colour...I would highly recommend the show for children of all ages." Full Review

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Time Out Sydney

for a previous production "Beautiful, rhythmic and faithful to the author’s works, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' is a triumph for first time theatregoers...Filled with ‘wow’ moments and stunning effects throughout, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' is mesmerizing...For first time theatregoers, this is a triumph of faithful storytelling and pattern recognition. For seasoned viewers it's a production that’s beautiful to watch – no matter how old you are." Full Review

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Glam Adelaide

for a previous production "This production made these stories fresh and vibrant. The creators and producers of the show, Jonathan Worsley and Michael Sieders have done a terrific job in bringing these four tales to the stage...The whole presentation was easy to watch and delighted the attending parents as much as the intended audience." Full Review

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The Daily Telegraph Australia

for a previous production "For the children’s theatre-maker, success is marked in silence. And on those benchmarks alone, the Sydney Festival Parramatta production of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' is a knockout success...It’s fair to say that the beauty of the puppets here is literally breathtaking...The original soundtrack hits just the right note...This is a superbly realised vision of what might have been a very difficult adaptation and a work that honours its much-loved source text/s completely." Full Review

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87
Avg Score

82
Charming, Great for small children

See it if you have young children who will appreciate a sweet show with puppets.

Don't see it if Children older than about 10 will likely be a little bored.

87
Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You have a kid to take to the theater

Don't see it if You dont like puppets

77
Delightful, Intelligent, Refreshing, Entertaining, Adorable

See it if My real reviewers: Good for 2-6yrs old, I'd say. Reminds you of why you like theatre. Simple, effective, staging. Exciting puppets for kids.

Don't see it if Maybe "scary" puppets. Only an hour, but 1 story made aud. a little restless. They loved the classic Caterpillar tale, had their lines down.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you have a child who enjoys theatre

Don't see it if you hate catepillars

85
Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Imaginative, Beautiful puppetry

See it if You enjoy shows with puppetry. You have young children who aren't ready for a Broadway show. You like all-ages shows.

Don't see it if You don't like puppets. You don't want a show that while can be seen by all ages, is aimed at a very young audience.

85
Clever, Enchanting

See it if If you have a child 4-8 years of age. They will enjoy the soft spoken storytelling through puppets and some dance.

Don't see it if If your not taking a child. Really not for adults, i enjoyed watching my son watch it more than actual show.

81
Original, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you have young children or grandchildren. Great way to introduce them to live theater. Buy them the Eric Carle book and have fun.

Don't see it if you don't have small children or grandchildren. It's not for adults...

100
Beautiful, Delightful, Enchanting, Slick, Gentle

See it if you would enjoy a mellow, sweet and gentle walk through familiar books brought to life by beautifully performed, larger-the-life puppets.

Don't see it if you or your "kids" are "too cool" for a "stupid baby show" that requires your attention for less then an hour. Please just be quiet!!

86
Delightful, Enchanting, Masterful, Refreshing, Magical

See it if To see these classic tales retold and acted out with beautiful puppets and a very talented cast. Highly recommend, especially with kids

Don't see it if You are expecting a profound piece of theater. It's a kid's show, but one that doesn't lose its magic when seen thru adult eyes.

70
Quirky, Cute, Fluffy, Kid-friendly, Colorful

See it if you have children who like vivid colors and puppets

Don't see it if you don't have kids or your kids are not amazed by puppets

88
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You have young children. We took a 4 year old and he loved it.

Don't see it if You don't have kids.

73
Clever, Delightful

See it if Want a family show for young children

Don't see it if Want something more adult

80
Delightful, Exquisite, Great staging

See it if You want to see the books brought to life on the stage. The lights, stage and puppet designs were simply breathtaking.

Don't see it if You want experienced performers with boundless energy. The shows design and blocking saved it, but the acting was pretty uninspired.

96
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you can take a child with you

Don't see it if you don't want to be surrounded by enthusiastic kids

89
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you have children and/or grandchildren that are familiar with the Eric Carle book

Don't see it if You are not taking a child or grandchild

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Intelligent, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You love smart beautiful theater for young audiences. Exquisite puppets wonderful choreography and staging!

Don't see it if You hate beautiful theatre that engages young people

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Sweet

See it if you are a child under the age of 5 or an adult who loves children

Don't see it if you are a teenager.

78
Delightful, Cute, Fluffy

See it if U have a 3 to 5 yr old and want to introduce them to the theatre. Have an hr. to spare. Just want to watch your child have fun.

Don't see it if No kids. Hate kids. Have no patience.

100
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to spark a child's love for theater

Don't see it if You don't like kid friendly show

80
Beautiful, Simple, Sweet

See it if you have a child who will enjoy a slow moving, child centric retelling of several Eric Carle books.

Don't see it if you are an adult on your own

100
Enchanting, Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You love the children's book!

Don't see it if you don't

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Soothing, Puppetry

See it if Great for families with young children and kids with disabilities. Nothing scary, totally delightful, and relaxed. My 4 year old LOVED it!

Don't see it if Leave older kids who are easily bored at home. (But babies are welcome!!)

85
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You loved the book growing up. See it if you have small children, even any children.

Don't see it if You should see it no matter if you have children or not.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for a light, brightly colored child-friendly show that highlights many of Eric Carle's books. Staging was beautiful!

Don't see it if you are looking for a fast paced show with singing or dancing or a more serious story line.

82
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you remember the book! loved it my 4 year old absolutly loved it!

Don't see it if you are not young at heart