PETE THE CAT MUSICAL!
by Rocco Staino
Pete the Cat Hits the New York Stage — Pete the Cat star of the books series is making it big on the News York City stage. Theatreworks USA, the nation’s leading not-for-profit professional theatre for young audiences, is presenting the Off-Broadway Premiere of the new musical PETE THE CAT. It runs through August 18, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets) and it’s free. There are 1500 tickets available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis in-person at the Lucille Lortel Theatre Box Office (121 Christopher Street) on the day of the performance. Tickets for each day’s performances will be distributed beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day. There is a limit of four (4) tickets per adult per day. Individual tickets are extremely limited for the weekday daytime performances.
The musical features a dynamic cast that includes the exuberant Kyle Sherman as Pete. He leads the rest of the cast that includes Adante Carter as Jimmy in a fun and song filled 50 minutes. The book and lyrics by Sarah Hammond and music by Will Aronson and is based on the popular series by Kimberly and James Dean. In the story, Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, then cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn some manners – and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. The whole family, that is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized, uptight second grader on planet earth. But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect friend to help him out. Join Jimmy and Pete as they set off on an adventure in Pete’s VW Bus to find inspiration, Magic Sunglasses, and friendship!
Launched in 1989, the mission of Theatreworks USA’s Free Summer Theatre Program is to provide New York City youth with their own theatre tradition that not only entertains, but also educates and fosters positive values and an appreciation for theatre.