"… a refreshing sound: The score, by Randy Klein (music), Matthew Hardy (lyrics), has elements of swing as well as contemporary pop… steals the show with 'No No JoJo,' a jazzy solo."
New York Times – December 20, 2014
"...many good qualities that you want your children to learn from"
Review by Liat Ginsberg, Guest Reviewer - The Culture Mom
AWARD-WINNING VITAL THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
WORLD PREMIERE - November 2014
FANCY NANCY: SPLENDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS
Book by Cara Lustik & Matthew Hardy
Music by Randy Klein
Lyrics by Matthew Hardy
The award-winning Vital Theatre Company is pleased to announce the World Premiere of FANCY NANCY: SPLEDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS. Current performances are scheduled from November 2016 through January 2017. For reservations, visit www.vitaltheatre.org or call (212)579-0528. Vital Theatre Company is located at 2162 Broadway, 4th Floor, at West 76th Street, on the Upper West Side.
What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles - and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?
FANCY NANCY: SPLENDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS is based on the New York Times bestselling picture book by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, with book by Cara Lustik & Matthew Hardy, lyrics by Matthew Hardy, music by Randy Klein, and directed and choreographed by Sam Viverito.
The cast includes Nick Carroll, Taylor Coriell, Marc Cornes, Gabriell Petrosino and Kaitlyn Sage. Set Design is by Kyle Dixon, Costume Design by Amanda Jenks, Lighting Design by Aaron Meadow, Musical Direction by Jaime Clegg and Production Stage Management by Abbey Bay.
Vital Theatre Company is dedicated to producing entertaining and educational theatre for young audiences. Located on New York City's Upper West Side at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, Vital Theatre Company commissions three to five musicals for children each season. Since its founding in 1999, Vital Theatre Company has been honored with the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Musical, two Awards for Excellence by the Off-Off Broadway Review, and has received high acclaim from audiences and critics alike for being "a wonderful place for parents to introduce their kids to the glories of live theatre, done well and at modest prices" (Off-Off Broadway Review). Entering its 16th season, the company has presented over 96 original productions for over 500,000 children and their families. Vital Voices, Vital Theatre Company's vibrant Arts-in-Education program, engages over 2,600 NYC public school students in eight school communities by integrating theatre arts into the core curriculum to stimulate academic progress and inspire creative achievement.
"Fancy Nancy’ Splendiferous Christmas was simply exquisite- the absolute highlight of our season! Our grandparents in the audience enjoyed it as much as the young families and children! The entire cast was extremely talented vocally and gave outstanding, spirited performances. The music and the sets were equally engaging- so lively and colorful! Thank you Vital Theatre for one splendiferous show!!"
Mary E. Katz - The Carson Center, KY
"And as usual with Vital shows, the songs (by Randy Klein and Matthew Hardy) are catchy and charming, though some of the clever lyrics may go over tots' heads"
Review by Natalie Silverstein - Mommy Poppins