Ah, My Dear Andersen
four fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen
Nightingale, The Ugly Duckling, The Fir Tree, Sweethearts
adapted and directd by Aleksey Burago
Magical World of Hans Christian Andersen's tales brought to life by Russian director Aleksey Burago. Delightful holiday treat for the entire family. Guaranteed to enchant and inspire children and adults alike.
200 Harlem Day Charter School students enjoyed the show at Urban Stages for FREE, thanks to
Peter Jay Sharp Foundation! along with 140 5th and 6th graders from I.S. 131, and 50 students from the Vocational Foundation School and Hudson Guild School, thanks to our individual donors, such as Martha Sproule. Thank you!
Starring: Snezhana Chernova, Eunjee Lee, Jane Pfitsch, Roya Shanks
The New York Times, Dec. '03
(click here to read the entire article)
"The production has pleasing purity that happily runs in the opposite direction of Walt Disney." "...These Russian-American artists, through the good graces of Urban Stages, are a most welcome addition to the wondrous melting pot that is called Off-Broadway." Backstage, Jan '04
"Urban Stages…has done an excellent job of translating Andersen's stories to the stage without losing the spirit that made them special in the first place. … Bursting with creativity… theatre strong and inventive enough to stand on its own and allow adults the same opportunity to experience the magic of Andersen's work. … a complete production that allows the stories to inspire imagination of the audience, without forcing anyone to use his or her imagination to see the sets and costumes. The design is so connected to the stories and the production, it feels completely germane, as if the text and physical production all were created together, instead of almost 200 years apart... I will say that "The Ugly Duckling," with its beautifully designed onstage river, beautifully danced denouement, and hilarious central performance is my particular favorite"
Talkin' Broadway, Dec '03
See our video clips on:
CBS - "Parent-2-Parent"
NBC-"The Today Show"