Little Kit, a "family musical" about an orphan who joins a circus in Victorian England, returns to New York for an Eastertime stint, March 12-28, opening March 14. The show first premiered Dec. 18, 1997 at the Vineyard Theatre, which is co-producing the current run with the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (where the musical will be staged).
With libretto by Barbara Lynn Krieger and a score by Charles Greenberg, the musical was developed in spring 1997 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, CT as part of the Center's inaugural conference on "family theatre." The center hosts annual summer conferences on play writing, musicals, cabaret and puppetry.
Little Kit is based on Emily Arnold McCully's book "Little Kit, or the Industrious Flea Circus Girl." In the story, the 12-year-old disguises herself as a boy, escapes the orphanage and "eventually finds happiness in the most unlikely place."
McCully is the author of the Caldecott Medal-winning "Mirette on the High Wire," which was adapted to the stage as the musical Mirette by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt.
Greenberg has composed music for Off-Broadway productions by A.R. Gurney and Sam Shepherd, and Krieger has created several family operas at the Vineyard, notably The Magic Mirror and The Merry Muldoons. The cast includes Laurie Gamache, Abigail Hardin, Edwardyne Cowan, Stephen Evan, Tavia Rivee Jefferson, Ramzi Khalaf, Don Mayo and Court Whisman. Designing the show are George Xenos (set), Tony Garfias (sound), For tickets ($8-$13) and information on Little Kit at the Tribeca PAC, 199 Chambers St., call (212) 346-8510.
-- By David Lefkowitz & Rebecca Paller