New Victory Slate Includes PigPen Theatre Company's The Old Man and the Old Moon and The Light Princess Musical

By Philippe Bowgen
29 May 2014

The New Victory Theatre's 2014-15 season of family programming will include the Off-Broadway return of The Old Man and the Old Moon by PigPen Theatre Company, the U.S. premiere of Complicite's Lionboy and the Off-Broadway premiere of Rennie Harris RHAW's LUV:American-Style.



The season runs Sep. 26-June 7, 2015 and includes six New York premieres and seven U.S. premieres from eight different countries around the world.

Here's a look at selections from the New Victory season:

The Old Man and the Old Moon
PigPen Theatre Company
New York, NY
Sept. 26-Oct. 13
Directed by Stuart Carden and PigPen Theatre Company

"The endlessly imaginative PigPen Theatre Co. elevates traditional storytelling to high art in the fantastical, song-filled play The Old Man and the Old Moon. After nearly a lifetime of tending to the old moon, which leaks its liquid light daily, an old man abandons his post when his wife unexpectedly leaves home. The Old Man and the Old Moon premiered at the Gym at Judson in 2012, was restaged at Writer’s Theatre in Chicago in 2013 and is a part of the 2014 season at Williamstown Theatre Festival this August."

The Magic Flute
Isango Ensemble
Cape Town, South Africa
Nov. 1-9
Adapted and directed by Mark Dornford-May
Music by Amadeus Mozart

"From the townships of South Africa, Isango Ensemble brings a cast of more than two dozen vibrant voices in an inspired reimagining of Mozart’s masterpiece opera The Magic Flute: Impempe yomlingo. Arranged by Isango music directors Pauline Malefane and Mandisi Dyantyis, exhilarating orchestrations of marimbas and percussion enliven classic arias. A brilliant fusion of fairy tale and African myth, the show shines especially bright when Malefane performs her acclaimed interpretation of the "Queen of the Night." Winner of an Olivier Award for Best Musical revival, a Globes de Cristal for Best Opera and an Arts and Culture Award (South Africa) for Excellence in Opera, The Magic Flute brims with dazzling drama, crisp comedy and the sublime joy of finding true love."

360 ALLSTARS
Onyx Productions
Brisbane, Australia
Nov. 14-30
Directed and produced by Gene Peterson

"360 ALLSTARS showcases seven street arts champs on a single stage with the aim to deconstruct a typical circus by replacing traditional art forms with contemporary performance styles. Instead of acrobats, break dancer Jared 'B-Boy Leerok' Graham from New Zealand joins the roue cyr wheel 'Spin King' Rhys Miller from Australia. In lieu of a juggler, basketball freestyler Rashaun 'Basketball Man' Daniels, from the U.S.A., gives the Harlem Globetrotters a run for their money. And two-time world champion flatland BMX rider Peter Sore, from Hungary, makes a unicycle look easy. Complex beats from multi-award winning percussionist and show director Gene Peterson fuse with the chart-topping, live-looping beatboxer Sam Perry to complete this international roster of champions who circle the globe and spin circles around the competition."

Lionboy
Complicite
London, England
Jan. 23-Feb. 1, 2015
From the novels by Zizou Corder
Adapted by Marcelo Dos Santos

"The internationally acclaimed Complicite (Shun-kin, A Disappearing Number, The Chairs, Mnemonic) brings its first show for families and young people to the New Vic in a stage adaptation of Zizou Corder’s bestselling Lionboy novels. In a near future where cars are banned and companies are more powerful than countries, Charlie Ashanti is a perfectly normal boy, except for one thing: he can speak to cats. When his parents are kidnapped, he sets off on a rescue mission with a little help from a floating circus and its pride of performing lions."

The Light Princess
A.R.T. Institute
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Feb. 27-March 8
Music and Lyrics by Mike Pettry
Book by Lila Rose Kaplan
Adapted from the fairy tale by George MacDonald
Directed by Allegra Libonati

"Can a girl who can’t fall at all, fall in love? The Light Princess follows the journey of a young princess cursed to live without gravity. Based on the nineteenth-century Scottish fairy tale, this new musical adaptation by Lila Rose Kaplan (Wildflower at Second Stage; Biography of a Constellation, 2010 National Science Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center) and Mike Pettry (2012 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award winner and a 2007 Jonathan Larson Award winner) features graduate actors of A.R.T. and the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University."

Pinocchio
Windmill Theatre / State Theatre Company of South Australia
Adelaide, Australia
March 13-22
Author Carlo Collodi
Directed and Created by Rosemary Myers
Written by Julianne O'Brien

"With bold ballads, angsty anthems and a plot knotted with tabloid twists, Carlo Collodi’s classic tale about a wooden boy with a nose for trouble gets remastered in this psychedelic rock musical. Direct from the team that created the award-winning productions Wizard of Oz (2009) and School Dance (2013), Pinocchio continues to gather accolades wherever it performs and was last seen by an audience of over 13,000 at the Sydney Opera House. Alongside a spectacular set and enchanting costume design by multi-award winner Jonathon Oxlade, Pinocchio features the cream of Australia’s musical theatre talent, including Nathan O’Keefe (Me and My Shadow, Grug, New Vic 2013) in the title role with multi-Helpmann Award winning stage and film actors Paul Capsis (Angela’s Kitchen, Boulevard Delirium) and Mitchell Butel (The Mikado, Avenue Q)."

Babble
Replay Theatre Company
Belfast, Northern Ireland
March 18-29
Directed by Anna Newell
Composed by David Goodall

"Dive in to the aquatic wonderland of Babble when you enter 'the bubble' a unique and intimate performance space designed to gently surround kids and their caregivers with new shapes and sounds. To delight and astonish little ones, soothing seascapes and schools of fish are projected all around while four singers provide a lullaby of vocal harmonies with music by award-winning composer, David Goodall (Silver Rose for Best Sound Design). Developed in close creative consultation with nursery schools and language specialists in Belfast, Babble is an immersive theater experience for kids ages four to 18 months."

LUV: American-Style
Rennie Harris RHAW
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 8-17
Choreography by Dr. Rennie Harris

"RHAW goes rock in LUV: American-Style. Popping & locking to a soundtrack of chart-topping rock, the talented performers of Rennie Harris Awe-inspiring Works (New Vic 2013) use dance and dialogue to portray one young man’s struggle with identity, love and justice. Dedicated to his eldest son, Brandyn, LUV: American-Style is choreographed by Alvin Ailey Award recipient and urban dance guru Dr. Rennie Harris (Legends of Hip-Hop, New Vic 2004, 2006; Puremovement, New Vic 1999), whose laws of hip hop—individuality, creativity and innovation—rule in this compelling mix of street styles."

For the full season listing and to purchase tickets visit NewVictory.org. Tickets for renewing members are available June 11, while new members may begin purchasing subscriptions July 1.

The New Victory Theatre is located at 209 West 42nd Street.