I’ll admit it; I fought the whole “princess” thing for a while. But guess what’s even more convincing than a four year-old clad in a ball gown? A stellar show featuring strong, female characters (and enough hilarious bits to keep even the most fairytale-weary parent engaged for the full hour).

photo credit: Tom McGrath

Rapunzel, Emerald City Theatre’s newest musical, is a quirky breath of fresh air. Created by Marta Kauffman and David Crane- the folks behind TV’s Friends- and under the direction of Morgan Ashley Madison, this show zips along with humor, energy, and smart lessons for the under-10 set.


As with all of Emerald City’s performances for young audiences, Rapunzel featured a theme; this time about growing up and facing your fears. (A far cry from your typical “damsel in distress” tale!) All Rapunzel (the spunky and adorable Katrina Kiss) wants for her 16th birthday is the day outside of the tower promised to her by her “mother”, the Witch (the always-enjoyable Tamara White). When the gift is reneged upon, Rapunzel takes assistance wherever she can get it; namely with the sweetly insecure Prince Brian (Tommy Thurston) and his world-weary valet Simon (Emerald City superstar Danny Taylor). My daughter and I enjoyed plenty of true laugh-out-loud moments throughout the hourlong show; Taylor’s brief turn as a wigmaker still sends her into fits of giggles.

With a terrific score and performers who bring it 100%, Emerald City’s Rapunzel is a must-see for the fairytale-obsessed theatregoers in your life…and for the rest of the royal family as well.

Running through Jan. 4th

For more info & tix, call 773.529.2690 x824 or visit emeraldcitytheatre.com

Disclousure: I was provided with complimentary tickets to the show. My opinion is honest and my own.