B.T. McNicholl — the associate director of Broadway's Cabaret and The Civil War — helmed the production, which will play New York's Beacon Theatre Dec. 8-28. Christopher Gattelli, who received a Drama Desk nomination for his work on Altar Boyz, choreographed. The creative team also includes David Loud (music director), Anna Louizos (set and production designer), Gregg Barnes (costume designer) and Patrick Dierson (lighting designer). The family-friendly show, which features such characters as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo and Owl, will offer new arrangements of "Winnie the Pooh," "Rumbly in My Tumbly" and "The Whoop De-Dooper Bounce." Tracie Franklin narrates the show, which takes the audience on a 90-minute journey through the Hundred Acre Wood.
Children of all ages are welcome to attend the musical production, which is a collaboration between The Walt Disney Company and Feld Entertainment, Inc. Winnie the Pooh is set to play additional engagements in Los Angeles (at the Kodak Theatre) and Chicago (at the Rosemont Theatre). A run in Japan is also scheduled for 2006.
The Beacon Theatre is located in New York at 2124 Broadway at West 74th Street. Tickets, priced $21.50-$78.50, are available by calling (212) 307-7171 or by visiting ww.ticketmaster.com.