Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical
Book by Melvin Tunstall III
Lyrics by Douglas Lyons
Music by Greg Borowsky & Douglas Lyons
Presented at the Palace Theatre
19 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY
Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2pm
Tickets on Sale November 1, 2017
"When the topic of discrimination comes up (if it hasn't already) don't bother trying to define it. Just take your children to see Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical!" - Mommy Poppins
"Raising kids in a world in which hate exists is hard, to say the least... in the end, none of us should lose sight of the impact of discrimination, including on our children. Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical is fun, vibrant and energetic, but it is also an important part of the discussion." - The Broadway Blog
A show that is receiving rave reviews off-broadway, Park Playhouse is thrilled to be bringing their production of Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical to the kids of the capital region!
Polkadots: the Cool Kids Musical is inspired by American civil rights history - Ruby Bridges (the first African-American child to desegregate an all-white elementary school in Louisiana in 1960) and the Little Rock Nine (nine teenagers who were enrolled at Little Rock Central High School in 1957 following the U.S. Supreme Court decision for desegregation of schools). Created by Douglas Lyons (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and co-composer Greg Borowsky, this new musical hits on key themes for youth. When being the “cool kid” is a pressure-filled dilemma for adolescents, its great to have theatre that sets the stage for learning the best of humanity.
8-year-old Lily Polkadot just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying, to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polka dot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship. Inspired by the events of The Little Rock 9, Polkadots: the Cool Kids Musical serves as a colorful history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts.