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Seattle Children's Theatre - Charlotte Martin Theatre
Seattle Center West Entrance 201 Thomas St. Seattle, WA 98109
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4.8 / 5 Rated by 9 members
Review from Thomas Wilbur
22 events 12 reviews

Great show...creative, lively and my 10 year old loved it...great cast great experience

reviewed Dec 19 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from saraswati
6 events 2 reviews

We had a great time. My husband and I brought our 4 year old and he really loved it. We were so impressed by the production and talent. They did a great job. I was wondering how they found actors who could sing, dance and skate (and act, of...continued

reviewed Dec 30 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from heylisak
9 events 1 review

Delightful show, chock full of amazing Seattle actors (Julie Briskman, Jayne Muirhead, Allen Galli, Greg McCormick Allen, Don Darryl Rivera, Auston James, just to name a few), and terrific music by Richard Gray. Our group included ages 7-80, and...continued

reviewed Dec 27 2010 report as inappropriate
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Written by Kevin Kling

Based on The House on East 88th St. by Bernard Waber

Directed by Linda Hartzell

The Lyle series of books has been charming children since the mute-but-charismatic crocodile was first introduced in The House on East 88th Street in 1962, the story from which the play is adapted.

Times are tough all over, even in New York City, and it’s time for Hector P. Valenti to hang up his tap shoes. But he’s found the perfect home for Lyle the Crocodile, just in time for the holidays. Meanwhile, as the Primm family moves into their new apartment, they’re surprised to find Lyle sleeping in the bathtub. Lyle soon wins them over with his juggling, dancing, winning ways. Though not everyone is a fan at first, Lyle manages to save the day and make new friends.

Hartzell is particularly excited about this production. “I love good physical comedy and killer dance numbers,” she says. “And this show is full of both. Lyle is one charming crocodile living in one of the most vibrant cities in the world — New York City. There is no better way to say ‘happy holidays!’ than by taking your family to see a tap-dancing crocodile in NYC.”

Lyle the Crocodile is an extensive re-write of one of Kling’s earliest plays, first produced in 1991. Kling has been reworking the script under the guidance of Hartzell, who paired Kling with composer Rich Gray to update the music as well. Gray previously composed the music for_ Time Again in Oz_ and Little Rock at SCT.

“Both Kevin and Rich share my passion for the books,” explains Hartzell. “It’s essential that everyone, and everything, remain loyal to Lyle’s original humor. From there, this dynamic, original musical explodes with a tap-dancing, magic-performing crocodile.”

Playwright Kling is best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log. He grew up in Osseo, a Minneapolis suburb, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1979, with a BA in theater. His storytelling started when a friend asked him to perform his stories. The National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Bush Foundation, The Jerome Foundation and others have recognized Kling’s artistry. This is his first collaboration with SCT since 2008’s Busytown.

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