By Matthew Blank
31 Jul 2012
Directed by Peter Flynn and choreographed by Devanand Janki, Skippyjon Jones will continue through Aug. 17.
Skippyjon Jones features music by Eli Bolin with book and lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila.
The cast includes Austen Nash Boone as Skippyjon Jones, Jose Restrepo as Mama Junebug/Polka Dot-ito/Alfredo Buzzito, Veronica Reyes as Jezebel/Poquito Tito, Gabrielle Ruiz as Ju-Ju Bee/Rosalita and Graham Stevens as Jilly Boo/Don Diego. Melanie Beck and Marcelo Pereira are the understudies.
"Skippyjon Jones wants to be the best Chihuahua ever," according to press notes. "The only problem: he’s actually a Siamese cat. Before you can say 'holy guacamole,' Skippyjon's wild imagination transforms him into El Skippito Friskito, the greatest sword fighter in Mexico!" The musical is based on the popular picture book series of the same name by Judy Schachner.
The production also features scenic design by Rob Odorisio, costumes by Tracy Christensen, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Carl Casella. Orchestrations are by Frank Galgano and Matt Castle, the latter of whom also is music director.
Skippyjon Jones is a 60-minute, one-act musical recommended for children ages four and up. Show times are Monday-Friday at 10:30 AM and 1 PM and Sunday at 2 PM and 4:30 PM.
Tickets are free and are available on a first-come, first-served basis in-person at the Lucille Lortel Theatre Box Office (121 Christopher Street) on the day of the performance. Tickets for each day's performances will be distributed beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day. There is a limit of four tickets per adult per day.
A mix of theatrical storytelling, language and stagecraft, Peter and the Starcatcher is based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Tony Award winner Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, The Addams Family) authored the stage adaptation that uses 12 actors to recount the tale of adventure. It opened to rave reviews April 15 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.