James and the Giant Peach
When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach – and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building.
Featuring a book by Timothy Allen McDonald (The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley) and a score by Tony Award nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach premiered to critical acclaim at the Seattle Children’s Theatre in November 2013.
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“James and the Giant Peach is magical sweetness… something that can make a musical theater lover squeal with delight. A wonderfully touching show…filled with heart. Whether you’re a parent looking for an outing for the kids, a lover of musicals who’s interested in the latest local offering or a fan of the book, there’s something here for everyone. I was absolutely delighted by the outcome.”
“Seattle Children’s Theatre stages yummy “James and The Giant Peach.” The kind of magic the late British writer [Roald Dahl] conjured — a little sweet, a little sour, a little edgy and sure to pique a child’s imagination. The captivating world-premiere musical delights in dressing up the story in bright colors and jazzy tunes. It stays true to the author by not talking down to kids, and not sugaring up a story that finds its own zigzag route to a happy ending. [It features] music-hall-style songs in the blithe, catchy score by the young team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Along with a charming score, Timothy Allen McDonald’s book is adroit.”
-The Seattle Times