New York Children’s Theater: Spring and Summer Musical Productions

New York City Children’s Theater presents three (3) Spring & Summer Musical Productions


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A Band of Angels – Best for ages 8+ – Tickets $25-45

New York City Children’s Theater (formerly Making Books Sing) will present A BAND OF ANGELS this spring, commemorating the ten-year anniversary of the musical along with the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The production will be directed by award-winning star of the stage and screen, Colman Domingo. Domingo most recently appeared as Civil Rights leader Ralph Abernathy in the critically-acclaimed film Selma. New York City Children’s Theater commissioned the late playwright Myla Churchill over ten years ago to adapt the children’s book on which the show is based, and gave it a world premiere in 2005. That production received critical acclaim from The New York Times and other major press outlets.

New York City Children’s Theater’s new production of the musical A BAND OF ANGELS celebrates the Fisk Jubilee Singers®, an a capella group still in operation today.  The Fisk Jubilee Singers® were established in 1871, at Fisk University, which was founded in 1866, one of the first schools to educate freed slaves.the Fisk Jubilee Singers, a choir still in operation today that was founded shortly after the Civil War at one of the first schools for freed slaves. The story focuses on Ella, a pop-culture obsessed teenager living in the present day who is transported back in time to meet the Jubilee Singers and gain a new appreciation for history and education. The show includes traditional African-American spirituals which will be performed a cappella.

“I am very excited that we are re-creating A BAND OF ANGELS for today’s audiences,” says New York City Children’s Theater Artistic Director Barbara Zinn Krieger. “The subject is as relevant today as it was ten years ago, perhaps even more so, and is a fitting tribute to Myla and all those who fight for quality education for all people.” Playwright Myla Churchill passed away unexpectedly last summer and the production will honor her memory as well.


Written by Myla Churchill

Directed by Colman Domingo

Music Directed by Kristen Rosenfeld

Adapted from the book “A Band of Angels” by Deborah Hopkinson

 Theater 3

311 W. 43rd Street (bet. 8-9th Ave.), 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10036

Three week engagement

April 25th – May 10th  

Sat. & Sun. @ 2pm & 4pm

 BAND OF ANGELS is appropriate for ages 8 to adult

Tickets: $25 (general admission); $45 (premium admission)


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TWO BUGS ARE BETTER THAN ONE – Premiere – Best for ages 3-8 – Tickets $20

Book and Lyrics by Jenny Stafford

Music by Willem Oosthuysen

Directed by Bill Bowers

Starring Hector Ortiz, Vanessa Spica, and Diana Fox


Sat., May 4 & Sun., May 5 at 12pm

Sat., May 9 & Sun., May 10 at 12pm

Theater 3, 311 W. 43rd Street (bet. 8-9th Ave.) New York, NY 10036

Ticket $20 for all ages; Tickets on sale now at: www.nycchildrenstheater.org or 646-250-1178

Students at the Peachtree School for insects are up to their usual antics, but today there is a buzz in the air because Fiona the Firefly, the leader of their community, has disappeared! Marvin and Anna, a scatter-brained moth and a studious worker bee, are assigned the duty of finding Fiona and bringing her back to safety.

During this 45-min original musical, children will travel with Marvin and Anna on an epic journey of self-discovery. Along the way they’ll meet a sassy spider, a dramatic mosquito and a sly fly, all of whom teach an important lesson about how collaboration, cooperation and self-confidence can help save the day!



MY CITY PARK – Best for ages 3-8 – FREE!

Book and Lyrics by Brooke Boertzel and Melissa Gordon

Starring Diana Fox and Sophia Holtz


Saturday May 30, 1:00pm

Jackie Robinson Park, The Bandshell, 89 Bradhurst Ave. W. 146th St., Harlem

Saturday, June 6, 1pm

Marcus Garvey Park, near Acropolis, Madison Ave, E. 120 St. to E. 124 St.

Sunday, June 7th, 1pm

Sara D. Roosevelt Park, E. Houston St. To Canal St. between Chrystie St. and Forsyth St.

Saturday, June 13, 1 PM

Hamilton Fish Park, E. Houston St, Stanton St, Sheriff St., Pitt St.

Saturday, June 27th

Bowling Green Park, Broadway and Whitehall St.


All performances are free!


For the second year New York City Children’s Theater will present MY CITY PARK.

Children will learn the importance of shared community spaces as they sing along to songs that celebrate New York City! This 60-minute musical tells the story of Milo that finds out that his favorite city park is going to be torn down and replaced with a shopping mall, he seeks out the help of his two best friends, Odessa the Owl and Bucky the Squirrel. This educational performance features puppetry, original songs and audience participation.

MY CITY PARK performances are funded by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and New York City Parks and Recreation Department.

Both musical touring productions are also available for in-school, after-school or culture venues residencies.


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