We’re in the midst of summer, camp is over and there are still several more weeks until school begins. If you’re like me and looking for affordable activities for the kids, there’s a new off-broadway musical that’ll keep both toddlers and school-aged kids entertained and won’t break the bank: Endangered! The Musical. As an added bonus, it even comes with an important lesson that kids will remember long after they leave the theater. Summer Must-See: Endangered! The Musical
I recently saw Endangered! The Musical with my kids (ages 4, 8 and 10) and each one enjoyed it in a different way. First things first – the synopsis: During a visit to the Bronx Zoo, a boy gets separated from his parents and when a superstorm approaches, he gets stuck in the zoo with animals from various parts of the world. He is able to communicate with them and together they hatch a plan to save themselves. During this time he learns more about the animals and what they need to survive and along the way he also learns about the effects of global warming – and phenomena such as a superstorm – on the animals.
All of my kids love animals, especially my oldest, who was able to understand most of what they were talking about when they mentioned global warming. My eight-year-old also understood and was able to relate to what he learned at school about endangered species. My youngest simply enjoyed the fun, upbeat music and the colorful characters.
The music – all original songs by Tony Small and Keni Fine – was indeed uplifting and catchy. At the end of the show, I found myself singing along with the rest of the crowd. The animals were a golden tamarin monkey, a cheetah, a spotted skunk, a crocodile, a panda and a crane, who was hysterical and stole the show with his charisma and outrageous British accent. Dana Scurlock, in the role of the panda, is the undeniable star of the show. Her incredibly powerful voice is very special. Theo Errig, as the kid, was adorable and had a sweet voice.
The show, directed by Michael Chase Gosselin, was fun and energetic. I loved that there was a message for the kids that they could easily understand and relate to, even though global warming may not be something they understand completely.
The show is 70 minutes long with no intermission. I recommend it for kids ages 4 and up.
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 11am
Wednesdays at 11am & 3pm
Through August 31st
Where: Davenport Theatre
354 West 45th street (between 8th & 9th Ave)
To purchase tickets click here. Be sure to check this link for discount codes.
Photos by Jeremy Daniels
I was not compensated for this post. I received tickets to the show.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for fourteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 10, 8 and 4) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.