November 14, 2012
Inspired by the book that spurred Steven Spielberg to make a movie of the same name, this show raked in five 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Play.
The acting, songs and dancing are splendid; however, the true wonder of the show lies in its effects. The sound, lighting and scenic design — all of which won Tonys — are incredibly imaginative and truly stunning.
So too are the magnificent creatures of this production. These are puppets like none you’ve ever seen before. They’re masterfully built and manipulated so expertly to evoke emotion that they become much like real living characters.
And of course, there’s a touching story at the core of all; about a boy whose beloved horse is forced to serve for the armed forces in World War I. The boy, too young to enlist, embarks on a treacherous journey to find and bring the horse back home safe and sound. It’s an epic tale about war, courage and friendship that is so moving you are advised to bring a hanky, or two, because this one tugs hard at the heartstrings.
Tickets are available online.
When: November 20–December 2
Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
More info: www.kimmelcenter.org