By Stacie M. Waldman, a writer and mother of two in Scarsdale
With 50 Pinkalicious titles to their names, Victoria and Elizabeth Kann have captured the hearts and minds of the 3- to 8-year-old crowd with their popular book series. In as high demand as ever, Pinkalicious has been made into a musical for the stage and is now being performed in NYC on weekends beginning March 13. It’s also coming to the Emelin Theater in Mamaroneck on May 14 and 15.
Pinkalicious is a precious little girl with pigtails, a starry wand, a tiara, and a love for all things pink. She loves pink so much (and she loves cupcakes so much) that she overindulges in pink cupcakes and actually turns pink, hair and all. Her little brother, Peter, thinks it’s hilarious and she is all too happy to have turned pink. However, after officially being diagnosed with “pinkatitis” at the doctor’s office, and after being chased down by bees and birds because they think she looks like “the prettiest flower [they’ve] ever seen,” she begins to think she may have to curtail her overindulgence of pink cupcakes.
The songs are catchy (there I am, whistling the opening song again), cute, and easy to understand. (The music is available for download on iTunes and is also available on CD.) The cast is made up of all adults, even the kids’ characters, but they really nailed, in a borderline absurd way, acting like kids. That being said, I did overhear a 6-year-old boy say, “I don’t understand why they had adults or teenagers play kids. Kids should just play kids. But they were actually really funny!”
Cast members were super-smiley at the kids in the audience and successfully got them to participate multiple times during the show. One of the show’s highlights was seeing the excitement the characters created in the kids as they yelled out answers to questions. The dad asleep behind me might not agree with that statement, but most people found the audience participation to be quite entertaining.
“Pinkalicious the Musical” leaves room for parents to talk to their kids about right and wrong decisions that Pinkalicious makes during the course of the show. For example, she doesn’t share a cupcake with her friend, and her friend gets upset with her. She also overdoes it with pink cupcakes, and the consequences of that are readily apparent but still make for good talking points with the kiddos.
The true highlight for many Pinkalicious fans came at the end, when all of the kids were invited to the lobby to meet the entire cast and get autographs. They really made an effort to talk to the kids, and they personalized the autograph sheets that the kids received.
For Pinkalicious fanatics, stay tuned for a highly-anticipated animated series that’s supposedly in the works.
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“Pinkalicious the Musical” will be playing at the Theatre at the Blessed Sacrament on West 71st Street, New York, most Saturdays and Sundays from March 13 to May 21, 2016 at 11 am. Running time is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.