MvVO Art Launches AD ART SHOW
Events

NYMF: Backbeard: The Musical Captures Children’s Imagination

NYMF: Backbeard: The Musical Captures Children’s Imagination
Jimmy Kieffer, Backbeard

Jimmy Kieffer and crew of the Five O’Clock Shadow

At the performance I was at of Backbeard: The Musical, a child no more than four couldn’t wait to meet the girl pirate Scarlet (Taylor Hoffmam). She completely related to her. This seriously adorable and well staged musical captivatated the children and the adults in the audience. and took us on their journey. Inspired by the children’s book series of the same title by Matthew McElligot, Backbeard (Jimmy Kieffer), is the hairiest pirate who ever lived. On his birthday his crew states he must follow the pirate rule book and get new clothes since his are torn and showing way too much pirate underwear. Backbeard heads to town, where the tailors create for Backbeard an outrageously  colorful new outfit complete with pig instead of parrot. Enamored of his new clothes, Backbeard faces his biggest challenge, to be himself or cave in to the pirate handbook. An older women in town (Carol Charniga) who owns a tea shop teaches him the value of standing up for himself in “Suits Me To A T.” Now Blackbeard has to win the pirate council, his crew and the towns acceptance. Though Backbeard can pillage and plunder he learns no-one wants to hire a dirty, smelly ex-pirate. Backbeard learns that standing up for yourself has it’s pitfalls, but in the end “It’sWas Good To Be Me.”

 

Jimmy Kieffer, Backbeard

Jimmy Kieffer, Backbeard

Jimmy Kieffer is heartwarming as the oversized pirate whose feelings he wears on his sleeve. He’s gruff and tough, but deep down inside he is beloved for his kindness to his crew. The 15 students and alumni from Sage College have strong vocals and did something that after last night I am in praise of, they danced in sync. This was a well oiled machine. The two taylors (Nick Martiniano and Ed Knight) have a moment in “Clothes Make The Man.” Bravo to Michael Musial who directs with aplomb. The choreography by Michael Whitney was performed with precision and gusto. Impressive when a cast is this large.

Jimmy Kieffer, Backbeard

Jimmy Kieffer, Backbeard

The book by Matthew McElligott, Larry Tuxbury, Brian Sheldon, and Michael Musial, incorporates things kids love such as fighting and all those bodily functions that thrill and excite. The language relatable and kept a theatre full of kids entertained and tuned in for over 70-minutes. The music (also Musial) is tuneful, touching and uplifting and you leave the theatre sining  “By the Book.”

Backbeard production values are also first class. The mired of costumes by Lynn Roblin are fanciful and well done. The set by Richard Finkelstein which reminded me of The Fantasticks, was simple, effective and imaginative. The lighting by Nick Solyom enhanced the over all picture.

Is it possible the best in the fest is a children’s show? If so I expect Backbeardl: The Musical to be honored. Originally performed and conceived by Matthew McElligott, a professor at The Sage Colleges, and following its world premiere at the Theatre Institute at Sage, Backbeardl: The Musical makes Sage, a college to look at for turning out such fine work. Backbeardl: The Musical will have a strong life in the children’s theatre touring circuit with it’s strong message and well written material. Bravo to all those involved.

Backbeardl: The Musical: NYMF at The Acron Theatre, 410 West 42nd St. 8/6 @ 1:00 pm.

Events

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

More in Events

Marina Jurica, Brian Chalres Rooney

And You Are There Broadway By The Year: 1988 and 2017

Genevieve Rafter KeddyJune 20, 2018
Lillias White

First Look Inside Picture Perfect

Genevieve Rafter KeddyJune 20, 2018
Akin Babatundé

Opening Night Inside Lonesome Blues

Genevieve Rafter KeddyJune 19, 2018
Marla Mossman

The Peace Caravan Project Presents Capture Your Freedom

Suzanna BowlingJune 19, 2018
Roger Daltrey

The Who’s Tommy Come to Life With Roger Daltrey, Simon Townshend and The New York Pops

Genevieve Rafter KeddyJune 18, 2018
South Street Seaport

Seaport Summer 2018

Suzanna BowlingJune 17, 2018

Summer with Sensible Socialite

ElizaBeth TaylorJune 15, 2018
Conor Ryan, David Friedman, Pat Addiss, Gary Marachek,Lauren Molina

Opening Night At Desperate Measures: The Curtain Call

Genevieve Rafter KeddyJune 14, 2018
Chukwudi Iwuji

Chukwudi Iwuji Currently starring in Othello In Conversation With “Backstage with Richard Ridge!”

Suzanna BowlingJune 14, 2018