Celebrate springtime with a seat at one of the city’s dazzling theatre productions.  Taking their inspiration from everything from video games to silent movies; seventies funk to literature old and new, these performances promise to turn winter blues into colorful celebrations of music, dance, acrobatic stunts, narrative journeys and clever puppetry. It’s time to get the drama out of the house and let the pros show us how it’s done!

photo: Florence Montmare courtesy The New Victory Theatre

Air Play, The New Victory Theater

Air Play will tickle audiences of every age with a mixture of circus and street theatre. Watch umbrellas take flight, balloons sprout minds of their own and shimmering silks ripple to the rafters in a modern circus spectacle. With knowing smiles and suitcases full of surprises, the cast elicit gasps and giggles in equal measure as they animate airflow, grapple with gravity, and make buoyant, beautiful and really, really, really high art out of the very thing we fill our lungs with.

The New Victory Theater
Dates: March 30 – April 15, 2018
Tickets: Starting at $16
209 West 42nd St.
Times Square
Tel: 646-223-3010
Online: newvictory.org

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Neverland: Peter Returns, Swedish Cottage

Based on J.M. Barrie’s original story of Peter Pan, this production at the Swedish Cottage is a spin on the beloved children’s classic. Leaving their parents behind, the Darling children follow Peter Pan back home to Neverland for the adventure of a lifetime. The audience will meet Captain Hook and watch as he turns Peter's pals Tiger Lily and Tinker Bell against him. The children save the day when they team up to engineer their rescue, all the while learning the true value of forgiveness and friendship. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre Dates: running now through summer Tues – Fri 10. 30 a. m. & 11.30 a. m. Sat & Sun 1 p. m. Tickets: Adults $12, Children $8 79th and West Drive, Central Park, New York, NY Tel: 212-988 9093 Online: cityparksfoundation.org

photo: courtesy VStar Entertainment

Bubble Guppies Live, Beacon Theater

You'll know The Bubble Guppies from the Nickelodeon preschool TV series but now you can see them live! Gil and friends are ready to rock ‘n’ roll with some totally fin-tastic tunes, when a special band member goes missing! With a little help from Mr. Grouper and giggly little fish, Molly, the team embarks on an underwater hunt for their missing friend. The show has all the rockin' music and comedic high jinks you'd expect with some interactive animated sets, audience participation, theatrical magic and energetic song and dance. 

Beacon Theater
Dates: April 14 & 15
Tickets: starting at $25
2124 Broadway
New York, NY
Tel:212 465 6000
Online: www.msg.com

The Little Red Fish, The Lion Theater

When Jeje persuades his grandfather to take him to the library, he brings along his pet fish in a bowl. But when the fish disappears into a book, Jeje must dive in and travel through the adventure-filled pages to follow his friend. Puppet Kitchen, the team behind the puppetry in last year’s family hit The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, has created a brand new puppet adventure. This 50-minute show is best for ages 3 and up. Mid-run there's a sensory friendly show with adjustments made to support families with children on the autism spectrum.

The Lion Theater at Theater Row
Dates: April 7 -  29, 2018; Sat. & Sun. at 11am & 2pm
Tickets: $29.25
410 West 42nd Street,
New York
Tel: 646-250-1178
Online: nycchildrenstheater.org

photo: Sonja Parks courtesy The New Victory Theatre

Seedfolks, The New Victory Theater

Minnesota's Children's Theater Company brings the Newberry Medal-winning story, Seedfolks, to life with a mix of theatre, video projection and recorded music. This is the show's New York premiere and tells the story of an immigrant neighborhood transformed by the actions of a girl who plants some beans in a nearby vacant lot. Best for kids aged 8 and up, the show explores how anyone, however big or small, can be a powerful force for change.

The New Victory Theater
Dates: May 4 - 11, 2018
Tickets: Starting at $16
209 West 42nd St.
Times Square
Tel: 646-223-3010
Online: newvictory.org

photo: Pierre Colletti courtesy The New Victory Theatre

Pss, Pss, The New Victory Theater

There’s not much this dynamic duo can’t do! Inspired by the silent film era, a clowning couple fumbles through merry mishaps, absurd antics and priceless pas de deux. They snicker and stumble, squabble and make peace, all without a word being spoken (even if they do get a little help from the audience!). Slapstick meets clever clowning in this award-winning performance celebrating the clumsy connections we make when we meet our match.

The New Victory Theater
Dates: May 19 - 20, 2018
Tickets: starting at $25
209 West 42nd St.
Times Square
Tel: 646-223-3010
Online: newvictory.org

photo: Savitri Basrian

Tetris, Lincoln Center

Inspired by the classic video game Tetris, this awe-inspiring performance features an extremely physical quartet of dancers who stack, spin, leap, and climb to show how we all fit together in society. It is dedicated to anyone who can’t sit still, who likes to climb the walls, and who can imagine beyond what they can see.

Clarke Studio Theater
Dates: May 19th & 20th
Tickets: starting at $25
165 West 65th Street, 7th Floor
New York
212-875-5375
Online: lincolncenter.org

photo: CJ Harris courtesy The New Victory Theatre

Rennie Harris: Funkedified, The New Victory Theater

A live funk band and pioneering dance crew led by Rennie Harris celebrate seventies funk and street dance in this show having its world premiere. Credited for bringing street dance into the mainstream, Rennie Harris Puremovement merges traditional African dance with contemporary art forms and leads a team that harnesses the energy of hip-hop to explore racial, religious and economic boundaries. The show, best for ages nine and up, will have you grooving to the upbeat, the downbeat and all the syncopation in between. 

The New Victory Theater
Dates: June 1 - 10, 2018
Tickets: Starting at $16
209 West 42nd St.
Times Square
Tel: 646-223-3010
Online: newvictory.org

photo: Mark Oristano

How I Became a Pirate

Sail off on a swashbuckling musical adventure as young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard’s band of comical pirates in search of the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Based on the children's book by Melinda Long and David Shannon, the production includes rousing songs that make this a joyful family musical sure to inspire young mateys to a life of drama!

The Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center
Date: Sat April 21st
Tickets: $12
Kingsbororgh Community College
2001 Oriental Boulevard,
Brooklyn, NY
Tel: 718-368-5596
Online: onstageatkingsborough.org

photo: Compagnia TPO courtesy New Victory Theater

Panda's Home, New Victory Theatre

Panda-loving preschoolers get to interact with dancers on a digital surface as they explore the five elements of Wu Xing—wood, fire, earth, metal and water. The set is specially designed to adapt to the movements on stage and the show fuses ancient art forms and contemporary dance with kaleidoscopic imagery and the sounds of traditional instruments, to create a story that's anything but black and white.

New 42nd Street Studios
Dates: June 7 - 17
Tickets: Starting at $20
229 West 42nd Street,
New York
Tel: 646.223.3010
Online: www.newvictory.org

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-Emily Myers