THE BERENSTAIN BEARS LIVE! in Family Matters the Musical: KIDS SHOW REVIEW by Jaime Sumersille
A “beary” good time starts for families as they walk through the doors and are given foam bear crowns. Everyone – parents included – immediately become part of the Berenstain family.
Set on a decorated stage at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center on W. 60th Street, the basement theater boasts stadium seating and a “grassy” rug area for kids to graze on during the show.
Each member of the six-person cast was exceptional and energetic throughout the entire performance. Mama, Papa bear and their cubs, Brother and Sister were joined by two other characters who played various roles. Mama and Papa Bear also played other roles as well.
Their spin on each supporting character was unexpected, humorous and entertaining. The music was upbeat and catchy, and the dance numbers were infectious and always in sync. The costumes looked just like the book and television series with wigs, felt ears and paws rounding out the “bear look.”
As scenes changed, existing cast members came out to assist, staying in character and keeping the audience’s attention.
The show wove three morals into the musical: the importance of eating healthy, don’t talk to strangers and not lying.
Tickets are $34.95-$64.95. While advance reservations are offered, the box office also opens one hour before each performance. MMAC is located at 248 W. 60th Street between Amsterdam and West End Avenue. For more information and tickets, visit http://berenstainbearslive.com or call 866-811-4111.