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Sunday, December 30, 2018

U.S. Premiere of EMILY BROWN AND THE THING at New Victory

The New Victory Theater Presents

Emily Brown and the Thing

British Theater Company Brings Beloved Children’s Story EMILY BROWN AND THE THING to The New Victory for U.S. Premiere

Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, author of How to Train Your Dragon

U.S. Premiere January 26 - February 3, 2019

Tall Stories (Gruffalo, New Vic 2015 & 2004; The Snail and the Whale, New Vic 2014, Snow White, New Vic 2003) returns with an imaginative musical adventure based on the much-loved book by Cressida Cowell (How to Train your Dragon) and Neal Layton. Something MONSTROUS is keeping Emily Brown awake...how will she ever get to sleep with the Thing making such a racket?! A friendly but woeful creature, the Thing has lost his Cuddly in the Dark and Scary Wood and won’t stop crying. Plucky, brave and determined to save the day, Emily and her trusty sidekick, Stanley the rabbit, leap into action. Following sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a UK tour and international performances at the Sydney Opera House, in Dubai, Hong Kong and Paris, Emily Brown and the Thing makes its U.S. Premiere at The New Victory Theater to begin its North American tour. Come see the irrepressible Emily Brown this winter at The New Victory Theater from January 26 - February 3, 2019.

Tall Stories, an internationally renowned London based theater company, brings great stories to life for audiences of all ages. The company was founded in 1997 by joint artistic directors Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell. Since then, the company has produced 27 original shows which have toured throughout the UK, Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. Tall Stories has become internationally recognized for its exciting blend of storytelling theater, original music and lots of laughs.

The company has paid exquisite attention to detail in this charming show that “constantly amuses, delights and enthralls” (The Stage). Audiences familiar with the children’s classic will recognize Neil Layton’s equally delightful art incorporated into the design of the show.     

Emily Brown and the Thing is directed by Oliva Jacobs, featuring Sophie Alice as Emily Brown, Sam Buitekant as the Thing, and Jordan Turner as Stanley. On the creative team, Jacobs is joined by creative producer Toby Mitchell, associate director Sam Conway, Scenic and Costume Designer Isla Shaw, puppet designer Yvonne Stone, lighting designer James Whiteside, choreographer Luanna Priestman, associate choreographer Morag Cross, music and lyrics by Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw for JollyGoodTunes, company stage manager Matt Llewellyn Smith, costume supervisor Lisa Aitken, scenic construction worker Madison Opera, costumier Christine Atkinson, knitter Hannah Alton, and wig maker Diana Hudson.

Learn more about Emily Brown and the Thing at NewVictory.org.

Public Performance Schedule:
Saturday, January 26 at 11am
Saturday, January 26 at 3pm*
Sunday, January 27 at 11am
Saturday, February 2 at 11am / 3pm
Sunday, February 3 at 11am

*sign-interpreted performance and Autism-friendly performance

Emily Brown and the Thing has a running time of 55 minutes with no intermission, and is recommended for ages 4 to 7.

Ticket Information
Full-price tickets for Emily Brown and the Thing start at $25. Tickets are available online (http://www.newvictory.org/boxoffice) and by phone (646.223.3010).

To purchase tickets in person, the New Victory box office is located at 209 West 42nd Street (between 7th / 8th Avenues). Box office hours are Sunday & Monday from 11am-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm.

About The New Victory Theater
The New Victory Theater brings kids to the arts and the arts to kids. Created in 1995 on iconic 42nd Street, this nonprofit theater has become a standard-bearer of quality performing arts for young audiences in the United States. Reflecting and serving the multicultural city it calls home, The New Victory is committed to arts access for all students, teachers, kids, families and communities of New York to experience and engage with the exemplary international programming of theater, dance, circus, music, puppetry and opera on its stages. A leader in arts education, youth employment and audience engagement, The New Victory Theater has been honored by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, by Americans for the Arts with a national Arts Education Award, and by the Drama Desk for "providing enchanting, sophisticated children's theater that appeals to the child in all of us, and for nurturing a love of theater in young people."

About The New 42nd Street
Founded in 1990, The New 42nd Street is an independent nonprofit organization charged with the continuous cultural revival of 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, building on the foundation of seven historic theaters to make extraordinary performing arts and cultural engagement part of everyone’s life. The New 42nd Street fulfills this purpose by ensuring the ongoing vibrancy of 42nd Street’s historic theaters; supporting performing artists in the creation of their work at the New 42nd Street Studios and The Duke on 42nd Street; creating arts access and education at The New Victory Theater, New York’s premier theater for kids and families; and through the New 42nd Street Youth Corps, its model youth development initiative, which pairs life skills workshops and mentorship with paid employment in the arts for NYC youth. Inspired by the city it serves, The New 42nd Street is committed to the transformational power of the arts.   

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