The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller
Based on Eric Carle’s books
The critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show created by Jonathan Rockefeller features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets. The production faithfully adapts four stories by author/illustrator Eric Carle: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The Very Hungry Caterpillar has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Brown Bear, Brown Bear - now celebrating 50 years - has sold more than 16 million copies. The recent January 2018 release, Love From The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is currently #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List for Children’s Books.
Following extended runs in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show returned to New York City at the DR2 Theater on September 18, 2017. After two extensions, this “colorful, engaging and charming” production (Huffington Post) will run through May 20, 2018. The initial break-out run in New York City played 76 shows from January - April 2016 at the 47th St Theatre. Due to popular demand, the show transferred into a larger venue. Its final New York performance was August 28, 2016 after a total 8 month run.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will be available for theaters in FL, NY, NJ, CT in Fall 2018 and all of North America starting in January of 2019.
JONATHAN ROCKEFELLER (CREATOR, PRODUCER) Jonathan Rockefeller is a co-founder of Rockefeller Productions, a company that combines film, theatre, animation, puppetry and television. He also devotes time to philanthropic work furthering childhood literacy and appreciation of the arts.
The critically-acclaimed production of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’ debuted Off-Broadway January 2016 and is currently nominated for both a Drama Desk Award and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show. The show debuted in Australia to a sell-out season at the Sydney Festival January 2015, and will continue to tour in Australia and New Zealand. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will debuts in the UK in 2017.
Prior to his work with Eric Carle, Jonathan co-wrote and produced the puppet-parody 'Thank You for Being a Friend' which has been licensed for further productions worldwide. This year Jonathan was selected as a 'Men of Influence' by Men’s Style Australia for his work in children’s theater and literacy.
- Love From The Very Hungry Caterpillar, released in January 2018, is currently #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List for Children's Books
- 2016 Drama Desk Award nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience
- 2016 Off Broadway Alliance Award nomination for Best Family Show
- Eric Carle’s books have sold more than 41 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 62 languages
- Show had a successful 76-show run at the 47th Street Theatre in NYC (opened Feb. 7, 2016) and reopened by popular demand at Theatre Row in NYC on June 11, 2016 through October 30, 2016
"This gentle production, accompanied by music, is colorful and inventive. The puppetry is wonderful, and the sweetness with which the stories unfold, make it a perfect theatrical introduction for toddlers . . . . The Very Hungry Caterpillar is artistic, surprising and fun." - Huffington Post, Stage Door
". . . colorful, vivid and beautiful puppets that look exactly like characters from the stories that bring these beloved stories to life in a meaningful and mesmerizing way. Perfect for a first-time or younger theater goer as they watched the magic of Eric Carle come to life." - Weekend Jaunts
"Toddlers will absolutely delight in seeing the puppets and school-aged children will appreciate seeing their beloved classic books through a new medium." - The Mama Maven
“Bedazzling! Will mesmerize audiences!” – The New York Times
“Refreshing, clever and a great time. Brings the work of Eric Carle to life!” – NY Theatre Guide
“5 stars. Beautiful, rhythmic, and faithful to the author’s work.” – Time Out