A Broadway theatre from 42nd Street's golden age, the New Victory Theatre (formerly the Victory Theatre) reopened as an Off-Broadway house Dec. 11, 1996. The 500-seat New Victory at 209 W. 42nd St. presents theatre and films geared specifically for children.
Up next, May 8-17: Nicky, Somewhere Else comes from Speeltheater Holland, which mixes puppetry and realistic narrative. Nicky tells of a young boy learning that he has a twin brother "somewhere else" and setting off to find the missing sibling.
Speeltheater Holland's founders (and co-artistic directors) Saskia Jance and Onny Huisink have been touring the world with such shows as Pero, Nina Bobo and Five Secrets In Edam since 1976. Nicky earned them the 1996 international Puck Price for best youth theatre production.
Also upcoming at the New Victory:
May 29-June 14: The Wind In The Willows. From Syracuse Stage comes this musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's tale of Toad, Mole, Rat and Badger. An organization called The New 42nd Street operates the theatre, and worked with Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Bill Irwin, Theatreworks/USA, Warrington Hudlin of the Black Filmmaker Foundation and others to schedule its first season.
The New Victory was the first theatre to reopen its doors under the multi-million dollar rehabilitation of 42nd Street, which also includes the renovation and 1997 reopening of Ziegfeld's old New Amsterdam Theatre (just across the street from the New Victory) as the throne of Disney's new theatre empire.
For tickets and information on New Victory shows, call (212) 382-4020 (memberships) or (212) 239-6200 (individual tickets).
-- By David Lefkowitz