The world premiere of Cat Kid Comic Club: The Musical will play Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre this summer, as TheatreWorksUSA's 2023 Family Summer Theater offering. Adapted from Dav Pilkey's book series, the musical will run July 21-August 27.
The work reunites the writing team behind TWUSA's Dog Man: The Musical, with current Some Like It Hot star Kevin Del Aguila providing the book and lyrics and Brad Alexander penning the music. Marlo Hunter will direct and choreograph.
The musical will follow Cat Kid and Molly Pollywog and their efforts to teach 21 unruly baby frogs to make their own comics.
"TheaterWorksUSA is thrilled to bring Cat Kid Comic Club to the stage following the success of Dog Man: The Musical," says TWUSA Artistic Director Barbara Pasternack. "Dav Pilkey’s books inspire young people to read and to create fearlessly…and they’re funny! Dav is a treasure, and we can’t wait to share our Cat Kid Comic Club: The Musical with audiences this summer."
"When I write and illustrate the Cat Kid Comic Club books, my hope is that kids everywhere are inspired to dream up their own stories, try something new, and most importantly have fun," adds Pilkey, also the creator of the Dog Man books. "I can’t wait to see my characters come to life in Cat Kid Comic Club: The Musical! I’m grateful to the incredibly talented team at TheaterWorksUSA whose renowned stage adaptations not only entertain, but also encourage empathy, compassion, and imagination."
The work will be the latest in TWUSA's long history of creating theatre for young audiences. Previous TWUSA-produced titles include The Lightning Thief, Junie B. Jones, and The Pout-Pout Fish and Pete the Cat.