ANGELINA BALLERINA The Musical Returns In October
Vital Theatre Company and HIT Entertainment are pleased to announce the return of the hit, Angelina Ballerina The Musical, to the Theatre at Blessed Sacrament at 152 West 71 st Street from October 6th through November 18th. The show, with book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo, music by Ben Morss, and direction and choreography by Sam Viverito, is based on the famous dancing mouseling and her friends created by Katharine Holabird and illustrated by Helen Craig. Angelina and her friends will return to the Vital stage with a special VIP "pink carpet" press opening on October 7th and 8th. Tickets begin at $49.50. Premium seats are available for $69.50. For reservations, visit www.vitaltheatre.org or call us at (212) 579-0528.
In Angelina Ballerina The Musical, Angelina and her friends, Alice, Gracie, AZ, Viki and their teacher, Ms. Mimi, are all aflutter - because a special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy! Angelina and her friends perform dance of all types, including hip-hop, modern, Irish jig, and of course, ballet. The mouselings can't wait to show off their skills to their famous visitor, Serena Silvertail. Angelina is the most excited of all, but will she get the starring moment she hopes for? Angelina Ballerina The Musical is a family-friendly show that will have everyone dancing in the aisles!
ANGELINA BALLERINA, a beloved publishing property for close to three decades, is a little star with big dreams of becoming a prima ballerina. This feisty little mouse works hard to reach her goals and always learns from her mistakes along the way. When little girls share in Angelina's experiences they're inspired to go after their big dreams too. In addition to the critically acclaimed story books, created by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig, Angelina Ballerina dances her way into the hearts of young girls in the animated series, Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps.
Susan DiLallo (book and lyrics) is the recipient of the coveted Kleban Award, given annually to "the most promising librettist in musical theatre." Her libretto for an original musical comedy, Onanov Broadway (formerly Iron Curtain), earned her a Jonathan Larson Award, and was further developed during a residency at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Her book and lyrics to another musical, Once Upon a Time in New Jersey, won both a Richard Rodgers Award and The Global Search for New Musicals Competition, Cardiff. Other credits include: libretto for Fancy (a jukebox country musical based on the Reba McEntire song); the Mattel/Clear Channel production of Barbie Live! In Fairytopia (book, lyrics); That's Life (Outer Critics Circle nominee); Fancy Nancy (book and lyrics), Pinocchio, a Musical about Adoption (winner, KIDDstuff new play competition); and the revised libretto for the classic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Susan has co-authored novels with James Patterson. Her latest, The House Next Door (a romantic thriller) will be released in 2019. Member: ASCAP, The Dramatists Guild.
Ben Morss (music) earned his doctorate in music from the University of California at Davis. He has also played piano and arranged for platinum-selling bands such as Cake and Wheatus, and his playing was used in the films Sidewalks of New York and L.I.E. His indie pop band, Onward Chariots, toured Europe twice and placed a song on international television. Ben is an alumnus of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop. He arranged the music for the stage version of Trey Parker's Cannibal! The Musical and created music for Anansi the Story King at Georgetown University. His two children's musicals, Pop Star and Cinderella's Mice, are published by Samuel French. His new indie rock band, Ancient Babies, has released two albums on Mint 400 Records.
Vital Theatre Company is dedicated to producing entertaining and educational theatre for young audiences. Located on New York City's Upper West Side, Vital Theatre Company commissions three to five new musicals for children each season. Since its founding in 1999, Vital Theatre Company has been honored with the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Musical, two Awards for Excellence by the Off-Off Broadway Review, and has received high acclaim from audiences and critics alike for being "a wonderful place for parents to introduce their kids to the glories of live theatre, done well and at modest prices" (Off-Off Broadway Review). Now entering its 20th anniversary season, the company has presented over 75 original productions for over 300,000 children and their families.
HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading children's entertainment producers and rights owners. HIT Entertainment is a division of Fisher-Price. HIT's portfolio includes properties, such as Thomas & Friends, Barney, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Angelina Ballerina, Mike the Knight , Pingu and Rainbow Magic. Launched in 1989, HIT's lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing, digital media, and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan.
Mattel is a global learning, development and play company that inspires the next generation of kids to shape a brighter tomorrow. Through our portfolio of iconic consumer brands, including American Girl, Barbie, Fisher-Price, Hot Wheels and Thomas & Friends, we create systems of play, content and experiences that help kids unlock their full potential. Mattel also creates inspiring and innovative products in collaboration with leading entertainment and technology companies as well as other partners. With a global workforce of approximately 28,000 people, Mattel operates in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. Visit us online at www.mattel.com.