Cast members from the hit Broadway musical, The Music Man will perform at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan as part of the museum’s “Theatre Thursdays” summer program on Aug. 17.
Michael Phelan, who plays Winthrop Paroo in the show, will be joined by fellow cast members Jordan Puryear, Ann Whitlow Brown, Lauren Ullrich and Travis Wall who will perform songs from the show and teach the children attending the session to play “Seventy Six Trombones” on the kazoo.
Kids patronizing the Children's Museum of Manhattan, which is located on the Upper West Side, this summer are being treated to live performances from some of New York's biggest musicals. Broadway Theatre Thursdays is open to kids of all ages, including younger siblings who may just want to watch.
As reported earlier, Children's Museum executive and spokesperson Constance Charity said the museum program has been well received. "We also have our word play exhibit," Charity told Playbill On-Line, "which is the first of its kind in the city for kids, from infants to 4 years of age." Charity said the program employs "word language nourishment, word acquisition and baby babble" in an exploration of kids and their language techniques. "These are activities you can do at home and embellish on," Charity said, "and we hope to show parents how it's okay to talk directly to kids, and to make eye contact with them."
The series is funded with support from Target Stores. Following each appearance, the shows' performers take questions from the audience and participate in workshops for the children. Following is a current schedule of year remaining "Theatre Thursdays."
Aug. 17: The Music Man
Aug. 24: TheatreWorks USA
Aug. 31: TBA
Each event will take place at 2 PM and 2:30 PM at the museum, which is located at 212 W. 83 St. Call (212) 721-1234 for more information. The CMOM website is located at www.cmom.org.