Freckleface Strawberry, the Kids Musical Inspired by Julianne Moore's Book, Returns to NYC Nov. 8

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The cast for the New York City return of Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical is ready for the show's relaunch on Nov. 8. The troupe includes newcomer Francesca McGrory as Strawberry along with Sarah Haines, Bridget Riley, Welsey Tunison, Matthew Hooper, William Bailey and Ashley Tobias.

Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Seen in an Off-Broadway run that played September 2010 to April 2011, Freckleface Strawberry resurfaces for Saturday and Sunday performances featuring a non-Equity cast at MMAC Theatre (Manhattan Movement and Arts Theatre) at 248 W. 60th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and West End Avenue. It's an open-ended run.

Inspired by the illustrated children's book written by Julianne Moore, the musical about a girl who is self-conscious about her complexion previously played New World Stages. Buddy Crutchfield directs. Gail Pennington Crutchfield choreographs. Music and lyrics are by Gary Kupper, with book by Kupper and producer Rose Caiola.

Here's how the musical is billed by producers: "Freckleface Strawberry chronicles the life of seven-year-old Strawberry being teased by her schoolmates for having bright red hair and freckles. She feels different from everyone else and does anything to get rid of them — from scrubbing them with soap and even wearing a ski mask to school. Strawberry goes on a journey and discovers that all people are different. She ultimately learns to accept herself for all of who she is, freckles and all."

The creative team includes set designer Adam Koch; costume designer Holly Cain; and lighting and sound designer Bernie Dove. MMAC Productions produces.

Freckleface Strawberry went on hiatus at New World Stages after the April 24 performance. The final cast included Sanjaya Malakar, an "American Idol" veteran. MMAC Theatre, a new 199-seat theatre, is a few blocks away from Lincoln Center. The MMAC performance schedule will be Saturday and Sunday at 1 PM and 3 PM.

Visit for information about special added holiday performances in November and December.

For tickets, visit or call (212) 239-6200.

The cast of <i>Freckleface Strawberry</i>
The cast of Freckleface Strawberry Photo by Carol Rosegg
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