The Joester Loria Group and the Eric Carle Studio are excited to announce The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Other Timeless Stories will debut in the U.S.! Beginning previews on January 30 and its official opening on Sunday, February 7, the show will have an initial run through March 27, 2016 at the 47th Street Theatre located at 304 W 47th Street in New York City.
Acclaimed children’s author and illustrator, Eric Carle has delighted three generations of readers with his books selling over 132 million copies worldwide. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 enchanting puppets based on Carle’s iconic characters during a magical 60-minute show that faithfully adapts four of Eric Carle’s beloved books for the stage: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Tickets will range in price from $49.50 -$65.50 and can be purchased by visiting ticketcentral.com or by calling 212.279.4200. For more information, visit HungryCaterpillarShow.com. Presented by Rockefeller Productions, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show has successfully toured extensively throughout Australia to sold out crowds and rave reviews.
"I hope the performances will be enjoyed by many and that the colorful characters will bring comfort and joy to all who see the stories that have been so carefully produced. It is uplifting to see such beautiful and cheerful works inspired by my characters! I hope my books - and this show - will inspire you and your imagination,” said Eric Carle.
“I am very excited to bring The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show to New York City. It has been both a thrill and an honor to be entrusted to bring to life such beloved works of children’s literature. We have worked tirelessly to uphold the integrity of Eric’s work; mindful that The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been, for millions, their very first book, and that our production will be the first theatrical experience for thousands of children. Our goal has always been simple: to create a beautiful and sophisticated piece of theatre, instilling a lifelong love for the theatre in children. We have been delighted by the excited laughter, eager faces and enormous smiles on the audiences who have a lifetime devotion to these living and treasured stories. It has been an honor to work with Eric on this journey that began in Australia, and will continue in the US and beyond,” said the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Jonathan Rockefeller.
The creative team for the show also includes Eric Wright (Puppetry), Raul Abrego (Set Designer), Nicholas Rayment (Lighting Designer), Nate Edmondson (Sound Designer & Composer), The Puppet Kitchen (Puppets) and Cesa Entertainment (General Management).
The Joester Loria Group, exclusive global brand licensing agency for The World of Eric Carle, worked closely with the Eric Carle Studio to develop the live show. The Joester Loria Group continues to spearhead a robust brand extension strategy for Eric Carle’s timeless works. The global program consists of over 130 consumer products licensees and promotional partners. Available in leading retailers in more than 15 countries, The World of Eric Carle products have won awards and topped sales charts in the US, UK, Australia and Japan.