SHOWTIME WITH SHAKESPEARE
A New Hip Hop Musical
A new theatrical production based on the Magic Tree House adventure Stage Fright on a Summer Night by The New York Times bestselling author Mary Pope Osborne.
The show must go on! That’s what Jack and Annie learn when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to Elizabethan England. There, the daring sibling duo meets William Shakespeare himself—one of the greatest writers of all time! Based on the critically-acclaimed book series by Mary Pope Osborne, this tuneful tale is a hip-hop hit with kids and grown-ups alike.
The Magic Tree House series has been translated into 33 languages, has sold more than 135 million copies worldwide and is the #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time.
Book and Lyrics by Jenny Laird and Will Osborne
Music and Additional Lyrics by Randy Courts
Based on “Magic Tree House: Stage Fright on a Summer Night” by Mary Pope Osborne
Ages 6 and up
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
with George Street Playhouse
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), by celebrating diversity, shall be America’s foremost urban presenter of arts and entertainment, a creative and effective leader in arts education for children, a convener of useful and enlightening civic engagement events, and a catalyst for economic development in its home city of Newark. Other NJPAC On the Road productions include The Hip Hop Nutcracker and Carefree: Dancing’ with Fred & Ginger.
The mission of George Street Playhouse is to enrich people’s lives by producing world-class theatre. The Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway – recent productions include It Shoulda Been You, which ran on Broadway in Spring 2013, the Outer Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award-winner The Toxic Avenger, the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill and the Broadway hit and Tony® and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays.
Echoing the mission of its mainstage season, GSP’s Touring Theatre features three issue-oriented productions commissioned by the Playhouse and are seen by more than 35,000 students annually. The plays presented by the Touring Theatre address issues such as tolerance, respect, climate change and health and wellness.