1 Act, Book Musical, Rated G
Off-Broadway Version (2005)
The new kid in town takes to the sky in Stephen Schwartz' charming tale of imagination and fresh starts.
Based on the children's book The Trip by Ezra Jack Keats and featuring a score by Grammy Award Winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) Captain Louie is a delightfully fresh and touching story perfectly suited for young audiences.
Louie has just moved to a new town and is nervous to make new friends. Alone in his room he takes flight in his imagination back to his old neighborhood where he spends Halloween with his colorful crew of chums. Over the course of trick-or-treating and being introduced to the new kid in that neighborhood, Louie discovers that making new friends is nothing to be afraid of.
Captain Louie is an immaculately crafted story for young audiences. Direction and design for the piece is only as constrained as the creative team's imagination; and Captain Louie is a wonderful choice for theatre companies that have a large population of young patrons. Most of all, Captain Louie is about friendship -- the ability to make new friends and the importance of old ones.
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Originally approached by legendary author/director George Abbott to pen the score for The Pajama Game, Frank Loesser turned it down, but recommended his two protégés Richard Adler and Jerry Ross for the job.