The world premiere of Heidi the Musical for Children is at the NoHo London Music Hall on weekends through May 22. It is the sweet and familiar story of Heidi, a little girl who loves romping with the goats in the Swiss mountains. The classic has been edited down so even fussy kids won’t have a chance to get bored. And to the delight of youngsters as well as adults, a number of good songs have been added, with “My Mountains” being quite memorable.
It has darling Elizabeth Wyatt as Heidi, with a fine voice and charming stage presence to carry the show. The cast features Mary Emfinger as Klara, giving a can-do spirit to the crippled girl; Garrison Thaxton as Peter, the goat herder who has a teen-dream voice; Frank Kesby, believable as the grumpy-turned-lovable Grandfather; Gina Zollman, slightly mean as Aunt Greta; Elizabeth Gray has fun with the song “House Rules” as Miss Rottenmeier; and Killy Craddock, a real pro as Mr. Sesemann.
The show was directed with ease by Frank Collins, and produced by his NoHo London Music Hall. It was adapted from the classic story and written for the stage by Erica Stux, who also created the original songs, with music arranged by Dave Siebels.
Heidi the Musical for Children is at the NoHo London Music Hall located at 10620 Magnolia Blvd., on Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults or $10 for kids, students and seniors. For more information, call (818)-762-7883.