The summer engagement, directed and choreographed by Devanand Janki, will run through Sept. 4; the musical features an original score by Michael Borton and a book by Borton and Michael Slade.
To kick-off the New York engagement, the Berenstain Bears will perform live as part of the Animal Tales Extravaganza at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo June 18-19 at 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM at the Grizzly Corner. Mike Berenstain, son of the creators of the series, will also be on hand to read from the books and talk about how the Berenstain Bears originated.
Adapted from the classic children’s books by Stan and Jan Berenstain, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical, press notes state, "brings everyone’s favorite bear family to musical life. As always, Bear Country is not without its complications: Papa Bear can’t stop eating junk food, Brother Bear’s grades are slipping, and Sister Bear still has a lot to learn about talking to strangers. Thankfully, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right."
The Manhattan Movement and Arts Center is located at 248 West 60 Street between Amsterdam and West End Avenue. For more information and tickets, call (866) 811-4111 or visit www.BerenstainBearsLive.com.
The Bronx Zoo is located at Fordham Road and the Bronx River Parkway. For ticket and exhibit information, visit www.BronxZoo.com.