Richard D. Russell’s score won Best Music for the festival awards of the Summer 2017 Midtown International Theater Festival.
The production also received an award for Best Sets, by Steven M. Schweer.
The show received nominations for Emily Clare Thompson (Best Book), Ashley Lynne James (Best Costumes), and Best Ensemble.
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It Takes a Rainbow was written specifically for younger audiences and performers, although its meaning will be appreciated by any age group.
The story tells the tale of 7 brown lizards who are safe and happy at home with their parents, King Upinde and Queen Wamvua. The king forbids his children from ever leaving their bonny brown bog. Shortly afterwards, Queen Wamvua confides to her 7 children that she has heard there are other colors out there in the world.
The 7 brown lizards decide to go out and see for themselves. One by one, they encounter frogs colored in each of the rainbow’s colors, and learn many new songs. The lizards, in fact, change to different colors.
They return home to and share these experiences with their parents. King Upinde realizes it was wrong to shield his little lizards from the other colors of the world, and learns that “It Takes A Rainbow.”
The musical’s message of diversity is highlighted with a score that embraces country, Caribbean, blues, and even a conga!
“Where All Is Brown”
“Take a Look and Leap”
“When You’re Seein’ Red”
“The Citrus Conga”
“The World of Green”
“You Gotta Sing the Blues”
“The Violet-Purple Hoedown”
“It Takes A Rainbow”
With doubling on roles, cast size of 13 is good. Larger ensembles are encouraged.
Scarlet Red Frog
Ruby Red Frog
Mango Orange Frog
Mustard Yellow Frog
Emerald Green Frog
Jade Green Frog
Aqua Blue Frog
Sapphire Indigo Frog
Lilac Violet Frog
Mulberry Violet Frog
Chorus Of Red Frogs
Chorus Of Orange And Yellow Frogs
Chorus Of Green Frogs
Chorus Of Blue And Indigo Frogs
Chorus Of Violet Frogs
2017 Production at New York City’s Midtown International Theater Festival
starring Timothy Maureen Cole, Emily Michelle Griffith, Caitlin Hornik, Ronit Horowitz, Dianne Kaye, Frank Ortega