Goodnight Moon, The Musical wakes up the fun

| November 20, 2011 | Comments (1)

Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown has always been one of my favorite toddler books to read.  The words are so soothing, and I love the idea of saying goodnight to “nobody.”

Since the book itself doesn’t seem to inspire me to sing, I was wondering how they would draw it out into a full-length musical.  I was quite surprised at how they managed to bring out so much fun and excitement and…pizzaz! from such a quiet book.

Each picture in the book magically comes to life as the character come to the green room to play with bunny (my favorite of the actors).  The characters from the cow jumping over the moon picture come out three times as the cow tries to face her fears, conquer her doubts and actually jump over the moon.  The highlight of the show for me was when the moon gave a message of love and encouragement to each child.  My kids are still talking about how special that was.

Since the book is definitely a toddler book, you might be thinking that the musical is only suitable for toddlers.  This is definitely not the case.  This is the first time at a show that my toddler daughter has been scared by what she saw on stage.  On the other hand, my four-year-old and six-year-old were so enthralled, they couldn’t take their eyes away from the stage the entire time.  I even found myself wishing I had brought my nine-year-old, since she would have enjoyed it as well.

I highly recommend this show for elementary-aged kids.  There is a lot of fun singing, dancing and hilarity to keep them engaged for the whole show. The show runs through December 23, Tuesday through Friday at 10:15 am; Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 3 pm. at the Chicago Children’s Theatre.

My family received free tickets for the show.  Regardless, the thoughts and opinions expressed her are purely my own.   

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About Melanie Myatt: Melanie stills feel like a child inside, even though she now finds herself the mother of four kids. Her student husband has promised that life will get easier when he is done with school, but she isn't holding her breath. In spite of two master's degrees, she's somehow never had a real job. Nevertheless, she dreams of the day when she can be . . . something. For now, she spends her days folding laundry, cooking, eating, cleaning up, wiping noses, changing diapers, and re-reading countless children's books. When she can, she tries to find time for some grown-up types of thoughts to record at tales from the crib. View author profile.

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