News Flash. Pink is A-OK for boys and dads to love, too.
Think pink this summer for family fun. Broadway
in Chicago has teamed up with Emerald
City to present their hit
musical,Pinkalicious, downtown at
the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place through
Sagezilla and I checked out opening day, Friday, and were both
tickled pink by the colorful costumes and sets, catchy tunes, and
open minded gender message. Pinkalicious is The
Hairspray Musical for the kindie set, with a larger than
life, wild haired heroine, bucking convention and signing
Emerald City's Pinkalicious compels kids to eat their greens as a
cure for pinkititis, and we're all about encouraging fresh, healthy
veggies. But there is a deeper and more colorful theme we
really dug. Men and boys can love pink, too, and girls can
love a host of colors beyond pink. Wow! Thank
It seems so straightforward, but this is a pretty radical concept
for mainstream children's theatre. It's also one dear
to our hearts. In high school, my husband was the rebel
skate punk with the pink trimmed board while I wouldn't be caught
dead in such a girly girl color. We've both mellowed with
age, but the sentiment still stands.
I'll be honest with you, we
skipped Pinkalicious when it first played at
Emerald City's home base, The Apollo Theatre. Their
productions tend to skew young and I thought the world needed
another pink pushing, pastry tasting excuse for little girls to
embrace a monochromatic existence like I need a pointy toed,
anorexic Barbie Doll as a role model for my daughter.
Sagezilla is somewhat of a self proclaimed "anti-princess" and not
a big fan of the color pink, just because every other little girl
in her 2nd grade class universally picked it as their favorite.
But we are big fans of literature based theatre and
Sagezilla had read some of the Pinkalicious books at school and she
surprised me by really wanting to see the show. The
message turned out to be a pleasantly unconventional one,
encouraging individuality and expanding beyond gender
My little rebel without a clue is the one who horrified her
conservative, suburban Grammy by belting out, "MY FAVORITE COLOR IN
THE WORLD IS BLAAAAAACCCCKKK," at the tender age of 3.
She still loves black at age 8 and was quite happy at the
Pinkalicious premier, to be the ONLY punk in head to toe black and
all black Chucks high tops in a sea of poofy pink girls (her
wardrobe choice). The only hint of hot pink she conceded to
were the skull laces on her shoes. No Pepto Bismol
hued princess tote for this grrrrl. The pink polo
wearing theatre boys adored her!
One of them even recommended we check out this
book, Not All Princesses Dress in Pink which
I'm looking forward to.
Like I said before, we're big fans of book based theatre. When
shows encourage kids to read or books spark a love of theatre, it's
a win win situation.
A number of books by sisters Elizabeth Kann and
Victoria Kann, who co-wrote Pinkalicious, are available in
the lobby. They come in a whole rainbow of colors
beyond pink, too, in case the show's message sunk in, that girls
can love a wide range of hues. Check out the books,
Purplicious, Goldicious and Silverlicious.
Kids can meet the cast and collect autographs in the lobby after
the show. One thing we've always enjoyed about Emerald City
Productions is their play bills. The adults get one
version and the kids get a smaller version that's big on fun, with
pre-show games and show related questions.
Check out Pinkalicious and make a whole, fun,
downtown day of it. We went to The Cheesecake
Factory for lunch after the show, to rest our eyes from
all that pink in their golden, cave like, spiral filled space.
While you're at Water Tower Place drop
by American Girl Place,
The LEGO® Store and
Marbles: The Brain Store for kid centered
Pinkalicious runs Thursdays through Sundays at
10AM with alternating Thursdays and Sundays. For an exact
performance schedule visit
Broadway in Chicago.
We're working out the details, but ChiIL Mama may have
exclusive video interviews with members of the cast for you in the
next few weeks, so check back in early and often.
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara is a writer-photographer-potter-painter-actress-animal wrangler-general creatrix and Mama to two amazing kiddos.
See more of Bonnie's stories here.
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