Adapted from the book by Mike Artell, Illustrations by Jim Harris
Book, Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing
Commissioned by: Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD
World Premiere: Imagination Stage, February – May, 2005
Highlight: 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival, Next Link Selection.
Honorable Mention, Best in Script, 2007 NY Musical Theatre Awards for Excellence
Representation By: Imagination StageBobby Smith as Claude, Imagination Stage, Photo by Stan Barouh
What the critics are saying:
– Weta Around Town: Best Bet
– Pascale Brady, Parent
What the London critics are saying…
"Colourful theatrics...feathered masks...and Cushing's jaunty songs, blending jazz, Dixie, and hillbilly, keep the action bouncing along... Best of all is Daniel Tawse as a hip-swivelling Claude, strutting in leather coat and cowboy boots, his voice a bluesy growl...Jolly and quirky."
“A musically rousing, twinkly-eyed show for the family, thanks to the winning central pairing of Emily Patrikios as Petite Rogue, and Daniel Tawse’s thoroughly seductive ‘Gator…The supporting cast, particularly Richard Meek’s oily Jazz Cat, fulfill their animal-inspired, grandly overblown characters with gusto. “ Four Stars **** - e Metro/London
“Colorful costumes, singing, dancing, and hot sauce!...Petite Rouge is a family musical with some real foot tapping numbers and a bright and sparky young cast…There is plenty to sing about in this jolly little production.” Three Stars ***
- What’s On Stage/Off-West End & Fringe
“This atmospheric open-air show is a family-friendly affair…with colorful animal masks and the irresistible folksy appeal of Cajun music.” - Time Out London
“Petite Rouge has a puppet chorus of frogs, with grins as wide as their cheeks, a terrific funeral procession, fuelled by Cajun music, and an alligator villain in a leather jacket who snarls at the women in the audience. “
- The Observer Guardian, U.K.
“With spicy language, and colourful characters, Petite Rouge expresses perfectly the naivety of youth walking blithely into danger.” - The Stage, What’s On/London
“A great way to spend an evening…Tawse is outstanding as Claude.” ****Four Stars
"A Top Theatre Pick" - Benedict Nightingale
What the Arizona critics are saying…
–The Arizona Republic
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