Llama Llama Live!
WHEN: Sunday, February 5,
WHERE: State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
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This new musical is inspired by the bestselling Llama, Llama Red Pajama series
by Anna Dewdney and the new Netflix series.
playwright-composer-lyricist Austin Zumbro (Goodnight,
Goodnight, Construction Site the Musical) has written a panoply of
clever tunes in a variety of styles to create a fun-filled, contemporary
musical that expresses the imagination of childhood for both children and
adults to enjoy, including a song about the history of sleepwear through the
can join in the fun when Llama bursts into his bedroom looking frantically for
his favorite red pajamas. Mama, hearing the commotion, comes upstairs with
Llama’s pajamas in the laundry basket to ask about his day—his very first day
at school—and put him to bed. But when she goes downstairs to do the million
things that busy mothers have to do at the end of the day, Llama is too wiggly
to fall asleep, and besides, he’s thirsty. He howls for Mama to come back up,
but she doesn’t arrive. Will she ever return?
“What’s amazing about the Llama Llama books,” said Director
Nina Meehan, “is that they are telling a story about a normal child who is
going through scary moments about growing up and has to learn how to take care
of himself in the simplest ways to feel safe, comfortable and become a little
bit more independent. What we’re doing with this musical is to bring to life
some of those situations, as Llama learns that, if he’s a bit anxious, he can
calm down and not have a total mental breakdown at this very moment. Llama is
already living in an imaginary world, but sometimes that scary shadow is just
an old towel and a baseball bat left on the floor. We’re just helping him deal
with the choices he has made.”
State Theatre New
Jersey’s Family Series is sponsored by Lead Sponsor Investors Bank and Media
Sponsors New Jersey 101.5 and 94.5 PST.
State Theatre New Jersey
major renovations, State Theatre New Jersey has reopened and celebrated its
100th Anniversary in December 2021 in a fully renovated theater including newly
renovated lobbies, all new restrooms, upgraded HVAC systems, a new elevator for
access to all levels, and brand-new theater seats. Originally built as a silent
film and vaudeville palace, State Theatre’s historic significance was honored
by PBS by featuring it in its documentary series, Treasures of New Jersey,
in the fall of 2018. “Treasures of New Jersey: State Theatre New Jersey” can be
streamed at STNJ.org/explore/treasures-of-new-jersey-documentary. Today, State
Theatre is the largest performing arts center in Central New Jersey and has
welcomed more than six million people through its doors since reopening as a
non-profit performing arts center in 1988. State Theatre New Jersey is a
cornerstone of the cultural vitality of Middlesex County and averages a total
economic impact on New Brunswick and the surrounding area of more than $18
million a year. The mainstage programs have featured high-caliber artists such
as Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Kevin Hart, Ringo Starr, Melissa Etheridge, John
Leguizamo, Harry Connick, Jr., Diana Krall, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Program
offerings include Broadway, orchestra, family, dance, comedy, rock/pop, jazz,
Performances for Schools, and Sensory-Friendly Performances.
Theatre New Jersey’s programs are made possible by funds from the New Jersey
State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the
Arts. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board
of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County
Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.