Vital Theatre Company

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2162 Broadway | 4th Floor | New York | NY | 10024-6620 | Phone: (212) 799-3753


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Now Through December 30th

Theater at Blessed Sacrament
152 West 71st Street, just east of Broadway

The award-winning VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce the extension of its one-hour adaptation of The Wizard of Oz now through December 30th. Performances continue Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 pm, through November 12. There is a 3:30 pm performance on Friday, November 24th. Beginning Saturdays November 25th performances run selected Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. There are weekday performance Tuesday, December 26th through Friday, December 29th at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Ticket prices range from $25.00 to $59.50. For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call (212) 579-0528. All performances will be presented at the Theater at Blessed Sacrament, 152 West 71st Street, just east of Broadway.

The one-hour adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, the classic tale by L. Frank Baum that has been entertaining audiences for ages, features the Munchkin puppets and is tailored for audiences 2-7 years old. Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they travel through a reimagined world of Oz. With music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, background music by Herbert Stothart, dance and vocal arrangements by Peter Howard, orchestration by Larry Wilcox, and adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Adapted, designed and directed for Vital Theatre Company by Michael Schloegl. Selected Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 pm, September 30 - November 12.


Owen & Mzee The Musical is the inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo named Owen and a 130-year-old giant tortoise named Mzee. When Owen was stranded after a tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyone's amazement, the orphaned hippo and the elderly tortoise adopted each other. Now they are inseparable, swimming, eating, and playing together. Adorable photos e-mailed from friend to friend quickly made them worldwide celebrities. Here is a joyous reminder that in times of trouble, friendship is stronger than the differences that too often pull us apart. With book and lyrics by Michelle Elliott music and lyrics by Danny Larsen and direction by Stanley W. Mathis and based on the book by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff and Dr. Paula Kahumbu, with photography by Peter Greste. Selected Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am, January 6 - February 11th.

VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is dedicated to producing entertaining and educational theatre for young audiences. Since its founding in 1999, it has been honored with the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Musical, two Awards for Excellence by the Off-Off Broadway Review, and has received high acclaim from audiences and critics alike for being "a wonderful place for parents to introduce their kids to the glories of live theatre, done well and at modest prices" (Off-Off Broadway Review). Vital Theatre Company has presented over 100 original productions for hundreds of thousands of children and their families.