I had the fortunate experience of attending the opening night performance of Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery on Sunday, February 10, 2013. Based upon the popular children's book series by Deborah and James Howe, this new children's musical has a book by Tony Award nominee Charles Busch, music by Sam Davis, lyrics by Drama Desk nominee Mark Waldrop, direction by Charles' longtime collaborator Carl Andress, and produced by Daryl Roth.
Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery tells the story of one dark and stormy night when the Monroe family brings home orphaned rabbit with mysterious habits and sharp fangs. As the night unfolds, funny things start to happen in the Monroe household and the Monroe family tries to figure out what or who is causing these oddities to occur.
With a cast that includes Abe Goldfarb as "Mr. Monroe," Erin Magurie as "Mrs. Monroe," Ashley Campana as "Debbie," the "Monroe's" daughter, John Garry as "Toby," the "Monroe's" son, Prescott Seymour as "Chester the cat", and Robert Anthony Jones as "Harold the dog," Charles Busch has written an excellent and fun children's show that will show kids and adults the importance of family, friendship, and love. It demonstrates that the most unlikliest of people can become friends and when family bonds together, a positive outcome can occur. Carl's direction allows the whole audience to get into this story and remain on the edge of their seats with excitement. This talented cast interacted well together, making me believe they were an actual family not only on stage, but off stage as well. I was particularly blown away by Erin Maguire's voice. My mouth dropped in awe every time she sang and I look forward to hearing more from her.
Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery will allow audience members, both young and old, to relate to this story. It could also be the show that will make a child go, "I want to do that." Playing at DR2 Kids Theatre (103 East 15th Street), Bunnicula runs through April 14 on Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm and 4pm. Click here for tickets!