New York City Children's Theater presents an encore run of its family musical about the early life of the celebrated Victorian English author. Best for ages 8 and up. More…
Before he became a famous writer, Charles Dickens was a typical 12-year-old boy with a gift for telling stories. Inspired by Deborah Hopkinson's book 'A Boy Called Dickens,' 'Young Charles Dickens' is the true story of how one of the most famous writers of all time found his calling.
for a previous production "Young theatergoers don’t have to have read Dickens to enjoy this earnest and often evocative family show...It merges fact and fiction...It’s unclear why the script departs so much from history here, except perhaps to accentuate the drama of the family’s downfall...Under Josh Penzell’s direction, all the actors do fine work, often in multiple roles...While words wouldn’t feed the hungry or clothe the poor, 'Young Charles Dickens' shows that they were sustenance, too." Full Review
for a previous production "An engaging bio-musical...Even school-age kids unfamiliar with his work will pick up a lot from this gritty, but heartwarming tale...The songs are simple and sweet. There's plenty of welcome humor as the boys make the best of their circumstances...However, the subject matter is dark and complex...In addition to celebrating the power of imagination, 'Young Charles Dickens' encourages kids to be socially conscious and treat everyone with respect and empathy." Full Review
See it if you enjoy singing, dancing, juggling, period costumes, colorblind casting, references to Dickens' characters, themes & plots, having a fun.
Don't see it if you dislike musicals. In spite of its small cast and designation as children's theater the show is a traditional musical.
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