The Berenstein Bears Live! Musical
This post is written by John O’Sullivan, Digital Art Production Manager for Parents magazine.
Our daughter has a weird nickname. It’s “The Emily Bear Show.” Neither my wife nor I are completely certain how it solidified. But, like any good nickname, it stuck.
So, when we had the opportunity to take The Emily Bear Show to an Off-Broadway bear show, we certainly snapped at the chance. We took her to “The Berenstain Bears Live! in Family Matters, the Musical,” a touring show now playing in New York City.
Seeing the Berenstain Bears again—and this time in the flesh—brought about flashbacks from my own childhood. The show was taken from the books. And, just like the classic stories, the musical brought about an entertaining and informative lesson on living the good life—ursine or otherwise.
Of course, Emily’s favorite bit involved Father Bear splitting his pants because he indulged in a few too many candy bars. Pants splitting is always a win-win in early childhood comedy.
The show is a perfect introduction to the realm of musicals for your little ones. It was long enough to entertain, but not too long for jumpiness to ensure. There’s face painting if your kid wants to become a bear, and the cast poses for pictures on the way out. It was a great experience for our little Emily Bear Show, it’ll be great for your little one…even if he or she has a relatively normal nickname.
The show is extended through October, and it can be found at the MMAC Theater at 248 West 60th Street in New York City. More info about the touring show is available at http://berenstainbearslive.com/