Those of you who are regular visitors to this site know how excited I've been about writing and workshopping the Kennedy Center's production of Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical.
Over the past two years we've gone from this:
I had a fantastic time at the opening last week. The show was all that I could have hoped for and the audiences were wonderfully receptive.
I'll admit to being thrilled to hold the playbill in my hands as we sat down in our seats. One of the great things about each show I saw was that the majority of kids in the audience had brought their favorite stuffed friends to see the show with them.
On a personal note, it was awesome to be able to hold my daughter's hand as "Dad" sang "I Really Really Love You" to "Trixie". A great moment.
Add to that, I was joined by family, friends, and colleagues and I got to take the weirdest publicity shot ever:
Well, that's a great weekend all around.
A few reports and reviews have started to roll in.
This one from PW gives a great background to the show and interview with pal Stephanie D'Abruzzo.
In great review, The Washington Post says:
Adapted by writer and illustrator Mo Willems from his beloved children's book, the production spins a suds-related yarn with such wit and sprightliness that you're half-inclined to swing by the nearest coin-operated front loader and feed it all your quarters, just for the fun of it.
Here's DC Theater Scene's review.
Here's a blogger/fan's review and her more personal take on the show.
Here's another blogger/fan's review and her more personal take on the show (complete with video of a singing daughter).
All of these reviews are fabulous, but none beats this one from the costume designer's kid:
If you didn't get tickets for the sold-out run, don't worry. Starting in October, the musical will be crossing the country for 18 months of tour, followed by a return engagement at the Kennedy Center in 2011.
You can find out more about the touring show when details are finalized by visiting this KC site.
Sooper-special thanks to the crew, the staff, and the cast of this show, all of whom put in the extra effort to make a fabulously weird evening (or afternoon) of gibberish come alive!
A special "Aggle Flaggle Klabble!" to the KC's resident pirate Kim Kovac and dramaturg Megan Alrutz. Let's work together again soon.