Last Sunday afternoon, I took my 6, 5 and 3 year old to see FRECKLEFACE THE MUSICAL, the off-Broadway family musical hit based on the best-selling children’s book “Freckleface Strawberry” by Julianne Moore. The show originally opened in October, 2009 at New World Stages.
I was really looking forward to this play, as I am a very big fan of Julianne Moore (she also had kids after 35). As with anything I do with children in tow, the how we are going to get there is a big factor. We normally take the subway because it is a fun activity for my children. However, we decided to drive into Manhattan to the the MMAC (Manhattan Movement and Arts Center) located at 248 West 60th Street. I was more than pleased to find parking within two blocks of the theater. I knew it was the beginning of a great day.
When we stepped into the theater, my children were in awe of the pictures and activities going on all around. In fact, they peaked in on a Zumba class near while we were waiting to take our seats. When it was time for us to sit in our seats, my kids were very well behaved. Just know that If you do go this show, bring your own snacks because your kids will be tempted by the sweets for sale. The vendor actually walked to our seats. It is important for us to always bring our own snacks, that way we know they are kosher. Even without purchasing these sweets, this show is perfect for kids.
When I glanced over at my kids during the show, I saw them smiling and laughing. The musical is a perfect treat for kids from 4-12, including their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and assorted friends.
The characters are so likeable, and familiar. The main character, Freckleface, resonates with us all. She loathes the freckles on her face, and her class mates find them an easy target for teasing. As children, our differences are more noticeable and amplified by our peers. It is not until we grow-up that we finally learn how to deal with teasing. Thankfully, in this story, story Freckleface reaches out to her mother and her imaginary world to find answers and soon her pain. She even takes it upon herself to wear a mask to school one day. The children were afraid of the person in the mask, but they did not know if was Freckleface. When she returned the next day to school without the mask, her classmates expressed how much they had missed her. She was surprised and happy. They really did like her, especially her freckles and all.
That is why I love this musical so much. We are all so different, which is okay. When kids are different, it is not easy to accept. With musicals and books with positive messages, children can develop self-esteem and love what they have. Along with an exuberant score and wonderful choreography, the show also teaches life’s lessons about not bullying and accepting who you are and living comfortably in your own skin.
We were offered an opportunity to take a photo with the full cast after the show. Just look at these smiles. My kids loved this show so much that we went out and purchased the book this yesterday.
Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review. I did receive 4 tickets from MamaDramaNY to see FRECKLEFACED THE MUSICAL. The opinions in this post are my own.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see this show. Performances are Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm and 3 pm (special added holiday performances in February-check the websitewww.frecklefacethemusical.com for dates and times). Tickets are priced at $45.00 and can be ordered through Telecharge.com at 212 239-6200.
Presented by MMAC Productions, FRECKLEFACE THE MUSICAL has music and lyrics by Gary Kupper with book by Kupper and Rose Caiola. Direction by Buddy Crutchfield with choreography by Gail Pennington Crutchfield.
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