Macaroni Kid Review: Pete the Cat the Musical

By Angeline Sheridan August 3, 2017

This summer, don't miss the chance to see a free performance of PETE THE CAT the Musical at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City. My children and I love reading the Pete the Cat books so when we were invited to see the show, we couldn't pass up the opportunity.

With energetic performers, rockin' music, and a relatable story line about friendship and imagination, PETE THE CAT is a highly entertaining adaptation of the popular children's book series written by Kimberly and James Dean.

The show opens up with a rock concert with Pete the Cat and his bandmates Grumpy Toad and Gus the Platypus. I love that each band member is adorned in outfits that pay homage to the Beatles' iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band cover album.

Pete is caught by the cat-catcher and sent to the Biddle home where he meets Olive and Jimmy. When the Biddle family realizes that Olive is allergic to cats, Pete is forced to share a room with Jimmy, a rule-following second grader. Through a series of mishaps, adventures and catchy songs, Jimmy and Pete become best friends and learn lessons about inspiration, taking chances, and friendship.

If your family is a Pete the Cat fan, I would highly recommend checking out PETE THE CAT the Musical". The story line is simple, much like the books, so it is easy for younger audience members to follow. The songs are fun to sing along to, and the audience can't help but clap along as the actors dance across the stage. Kudos to the cast and crew for the incredible choreography, singing and fun costumes that make PETE THE CAT come to life. 

PETE THE CAT has a running time of 45 minutes with no intermission, and is recommended for ages 4 through 9. The show is free, thanks to the support of TheatreworksUSA's Free Summer Theatre program. The show runs through August 18, 2017. For the full schedule, click here.

Macaroni Tips:

  • Be sure to arrive about an hour before the show starts as the tickets are distributed on a first come, first served basis. 
  • No food or drinks are allowed inside the theater. Luckily, there are many places nearby to grab a drink or snack before or after the show. After the show, we headed over to the Sweet Corner Bakeshop (535 Hudson Street, on the corner of Hudson and Charles Street) for delicious cookies, mini eclairs and latte for this mama.

  • Street parking is limited. Before leaving for the show, we booked a spot in a garage using the SpotHero app which made life a little easier with two kids in tow. 
  • Getting into the city: your best bet is to take public transportation to avoid the traffic coming home. If you're planning on spending a day in the city, take the NY Waterway ferry where kids under 12 ride free this summer. You can catch a complementary shuttle bus to the 34th Street subway station, and take the 1 (red) line downtown to Christopher Street. You can also take the PATH train from Hoboken or Jersey City to the Christopher Street stop.

Disclosure: Macaroni Kid Northeast Bergen was provided complementary tickets for the purpose of reviewing this show. All opinions are solely that of the author.