The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sets Its Sights on The Big Apple

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Following an acclaimed Australian tour, Jonathan Rockefeller’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is set to receive its U.S. premiere in New York this winter. The family-friendly production is adapted from Eric Carle's popular children's book about a roaming, hungry caterpillar.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will begin performances Jan. 30, 2016, and officially open Feb. 7 at 47th Street Theatre. The initial run is scheduled to play through March 27.

The production, which features 75 puppets and was created by Rockefeller, also adapts three of Carle's other books: "The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse," "Mister Seahorse" and "The Very Lonely Firefly."

"I am very excited to bring The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show to New York City. It has been both a thrill and an honor to be entrusted to bring to life such beloved works of children’s literature," said Rockefeller in a press statement. "Our goal has always been simple: to create a beautiful and sophisticated piece of theatre, instilling a life-long love for the theatre in children. We have been delighted by the excited laughter, eager faces and enormous smiles on the audiences who have a lifetime devotion to these living and treasured stories."

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" was first published in 1969 and has since sold more than 41 million copies worldwide. "I hope the performances will be enjoyed by many and that the colorful characters will bring comfort and joy to all who see the stories that have been so carefully produced. It is uplifting to see such beautiful and cheerful works inspired by my characters! I hope my books - and this show - will inspire you and your imagination," added Carle.

The creative team includes Eric Wright (puppetry), Raul Abrego (set designer), Nicholas Rayment (lighting designer), Nate Edmondson (sound designer and composer), The Puppet Kitchen (puppets) and Cesa Entertainment (general management). 47th Street Theatre is located at 304 West 47th St., Manhattan. Tickets are $49.50-$65.50 and can be purchased by visiting or by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information visit

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