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'Mooseltoe: A New Moosical' comes to Allentown Symphony Hall
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A New Moosical for Everyone

WRITTEN BY STEVE PARKS
New York - NEWSDAY

From "The Nutcracker" to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," most holiday season entertainments for children have been around for generations. But a new "moosical" for little ones attempts to establish itself as a 21st century classic with a storybook production at the Gateway Playhouse.

"Mooseltoe" producer Jim Semmelman, who wrote the book and lyrics, has created an interspecies sequel to the Rudolph-to-the-rescue fairytale. An adolescent moose - Scott Lilly in a Bullwinkle-inspired suit by Broadway designer, Randy Carafagno, accented with size 98-triple-Z tennis shoes - has no intention of growing up to forage in the woods. He dreams of learning to fly like a North Pole reindeer. The only job that fits his ambition is hauling Santa's toy-dispensing sleigh. Great work if you can get it - one night a year, 364 days off.

Mooseltoe's dad will hear none of it and sends his son to his room. But Mom encourages him to follow his dreams by consulting the Moose King about his flying obsession. Along the way, Mooseltoe encounters a trio of snobby penguins, rescues a drowning walrus, gets jeered by a Snow Couple and bullied by a tough Snow Ball.

Mooseltoe's break comes when Santa's reindeer Blitzen breaks a leg, not in a theatrical way, and is unable to go on Christmas Eve. Will Mooseltoe realize his dreams? When moose learn to fly.

While the lyrics and melodies are engaging, this charming new fable illustrated by a pop-up book set by Gateway's Kelly Tighe, is adorable. His set will follow "Mooseltoe" on the road to Queens and beyond. With a recorded score by George Kramer, narration by Al Roker and character voices by John Cullum, Christopher Plummer and Carole Shelley, amongst many other Broadway celebrities, "Mooseltoe" is the perfect vehicle for grandparents to introduce toddlers to a new Christmas tradition.

Mooseltoe even poses for photos after the show.

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Mooseltoe: A New Moosical

MOOSELTOE, the Moose with a Dream, and his friends, come to life in this colorful, magical and whimsical musical tale. Follow our hero as he pursues his seemingly impossible dream while meeting many interesting characters on his journey to learn the secret of flight all the while learning many important lessons along the way lessons which are important to us all. This sparkling new production has 17 unforgettable costumed characters which include three snobby penguins, an Edward G. Robinesque snowman and a walrus named Willy, not to mention Santa and his two elves. An enchanting set designed by New York designer, Kelly Tighe, will evoke the enchanting and magical world that Mooseltoe and his friends inhabit. Broadway costume designers Randy Carfagno and Vito Leanza have designed 17 larger than life costumes for MOOSELTOE. Nine original and melodic songs accompany this hour-long odyssey of self-discovery. Just like the audiences who saw the very first performance of this delightful production during its first tour, children and adults alike will embrace and cheer for our lovable hero, Mooseltoe.

 

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