Grug and the Rainbow at The New Victory Theater
The beloved burrawang-born bloke from Down Under returns in the all new colorful tale, Grug and the Rainbow. Leaping from the pages of Ted Prior’s celebrated series of picture books, Grug enlists the help of his friends, Cara the carpet snake and Snoot the echidna, on a quest to capture a rainbow that he can call his very own. Featuring playful puppetry and imaginative storytelling for kids ages three to five, Grug and the Rainbow makes its New York Premiere with The New Victory Theater at the New 42nd Street Studios from May 13-21, 2017.
Created by Australian author Ted Prior in the early 1970s, the popular children’s picture book series has experienced a revival in the past decade. Prior’s first Grug book was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1979, followed by the release of more than 20 popular and much-loved book in the series. Due to Grug’s lasting popularity, the original series was republished by Simon & Schuster in 2009 and, since then, has added ten new titles. In 2010, Windmill created the original stage show Grug which played to over 50,000 children and families all over the world, including a run with The New Victory in 2013.
“It was an exciting privilege to create the first Grug show and, now, the sequel Grug and the Rainbow. Grug is this really naive creature discovering the world around him, and it’s lovely for this age group because they are just discovering the world too,” says director Sam Haren. For Windmill, Haren has directed Plop! (New Vic 2012), Escape from Peligro Island, Grug and Grug and the Rainbow, as well as the interactive experience My Room.
Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Windmill creates and tours (across Australia and internationally) unique, contemporary theater and films for children, teens and families. Windmill has won several prestigious awards, including this year’s Australia Council Theatre Award honor for artistic director Rosemary Myers, and an Australian Film Critics Association Best Film Award for Girl Asleep. Collectively, the company has won or been nominated for 3 Sydney Theatre Awards, 14 Helpmann Awards and 5 Ruby Awards, among others, for their productions of Pinocchio (New Vic 2014), Big Bad Wolf, Grug and their trilogy for teenagers: Fugitive, School Dance and Girl Asleep.
Grug and the Rainbow is created by Sam Haren (director), Jonathan Oxlade (designer) and Chris Petridis (technical manager). The cast includes Matt Crook, Tamara Rewse and Ellen Steele. Lighting design is by Chris Petridis and original compositions by DJ TR!P creates a magical soundscape that completes the show.
Performance Schedule: 12 performances
Saturday, May 13 at 10am / 1pm / 4pm
Sunday, May 14 at 10am / 1pm / 4pm
Saturday, May 20 at 10am / 1pm / 4pm
Sunday, May 21 at 10am* / 1pm / 3pm
Grug and the Rainbow has a running time of 40 minutes with no intermission, and is recommended for kids ages 3-5.
Grug and the Rainbow is supported, in part, by a Presenter’s Grant from The Jim Henson Foundation.
Learn more about Grug and the Rainbow on the New Victory Website at NewVictory.org
Tickets for Grug and the Rainbow at the New 42nd Street Studios (229 West 42nd Street) are $13 for Members and $20 at full price. Tickets are available online (NewVictory.org) and by telephone (646.223.3010). The New Victory Theater box office (209 West 42nd Street) is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm.
Theatergoers who buy tickets for three or more New Victory shows qualify for free Membership benefits, including locked-in discount ticket prices, free unlimited exchanges (up to 48 hours in advance) and access to a first-look purchase period for newly added performances.